Our community: you, us, everyone who works here, our clients, our peers, our suppliers, the charities we support, all have a say in how we do things and we welcome comments on how we perform from all those that have contact with us.
We have a formal policy, as you would expect, setting out our corporate social responsibility as we see it. The policy deals with employee retention and environmental impact as well as pro bono activity and our involvement supporting charities. We thought you would be most interested to read about the latter.
All charities that we support have a connection with the firm as they are nominated by people that work here and we select on the following criteria:
- Willingness of the nominee to champion the charity?
- Will our support make a significant difference?
1) Caring Matters Now: Support group for parents of and children with a congenital melanocytic naevi. Nominated by Michelle Chance, Partner in our Employment Team.
2) Emily Ash Trust: The trust helps improve the lives of children who are suffering from cancer. Nominated by Helle Asquith, Marketing Executive.
3) Combat Stress: UK military charity specialising in the care of Veteran's mental health. Nominated by Louise Hodges and Jonathan Grimes, partners in our Criminal team.
We hold at least three charity fundraising days during the year and any money raised is then doubled by the firm.
Reading at Hugh Myddleton Primary School
Around 50 members of the firm have volunteered to take part in a reading project at Hugh Myddelton Primary School. The school believes that this project will make a real difference to the communication, language and literacy skills of the pupils that are involved and we are therefore very excited about getting started after Easter.
With over 400 pupils between the age of 3 and 11, Hugh Myddelton is very large compared to the average sized primary school and it has a high proportion of pupils who are eligible for free school meals. The school is only ten minutes’ walk from our offices and around 50% of the pupils are learning English as an additional language. Reading and writing is a high priority at Hugh Myddelton because many children start school with very low levels of skill in communication, language and literacy.
We will post a few photographs of our fundraising fun on the website fairly regularly. Giant jenga and cake baking are a couple of examples of how we raise money (see photos).