Corporate Social Responsibility
We recognise the important role that we play within our business, our community and our environment. That’s why we adopt an approach that promotes corporate social responsibility. Our aim is to promote our professional services in a way that provides economic, social and environmental benefits. By doing this, we actively support the government’s strategy for sustainable development, integrating objectives of social progress, effective protection of the environment and prudent use of natural resources. We also strive to achieve high and stable levels of economic growth and employment, to ensure a better quality of life for everyone, now and for the future. Please read our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy
We carry out many activities to support charities, local businesses and communities, and to look after our staff. In doing so, we aim to promote the wellbeing of others and use our position to assist our wider community.
We operate a loan card facility to encourage staff to use public transport to travel to and from work. We also have showers for staff who wish to cycle to work. We encourage car sharing where possible and reduce the amount of travel between offices to a minimum. We use video conferencing facilities rather than cause additional pollution by travelling.
We recycle printer cartridges, computers, mobile phones, collect stamps which are given to charity, have recycling bins for paper waste and unwanted items of clothing and books. Our printers are set to ensure all printing is done double sided to reduce paper waste and we have a Quality Project which tackles everything from reducing waste to putting in place procedures to work towards a paperless office. Our lights are on sensors which ensure the lighting switches off when not in use, our printers are turned off every evening to reduce wastage.
Equality and inclusion
We want to create a workplace that celebrates diversity and is welcoming and inclusive for all.
Our recruitment processes are transparent, our promotion and reward policies are fair and equal, and we do not tolerate discrimination of any kind.
CSR also involves investing in and looking after future generations. We provide mentoring to students from less privileged backgrounds to encourage them with their studies and consider applying for positions in the legal profession or other industries they are interested in but are struggling to break into. We dedicate time to providing literacy and numeracy assistance for junior school age children. We operate a work placement scheme that enables candidates from all walks of life to apply and be considered for work experience at the firm.
Our corporate responsibilities extend beyond the school years. Many of our directors and associates dedicate their time, contacts and knowledge to various businesses and organisations by sitting on boards as trustees, directors, governors and non-executive directors. They cover sporting, educational, commercial, not for profit, community-led, music and arts-based organisations amongst many other sectors of society.
We use local businesses and suppliers wherever possible for catering, events and hospitality. We aim to support Yorkshire providers, being a Yorkshire-based business. Whilst our roots are firmly based in Yorkshire, our reputation and client base branches out across the country and beyond – after all, if you want the best advice, you need the best lawyers – and we feel that being part of our communities and getting involved in the issues that concern them helps our employees become more rounded and happier individuals which benefits us all.
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