What is CSR?
CSR is about managing our Firm in a way that enhances the positive and minimises the negative economic, social and environmental impacts of our activities and services. We aim to combine the provision of high quality legal advice to our clients with a rewarding working environment and an awareness of the wider community.
Our CSR policy covers community involvement, charity work, diversity, firm values and environmental initiatives.
All partners and employees throughout the firm are responsible for our CSR performance. This policy is reviewed on an annual basis by the Senior Partner to ensure the policy is effective across the practice and updated as necessary.
Staff awareness of CSR is maintained through internal communication which details how to get involved with initiatives and encourages staff to discuss suggested improvements to the policy.
Equality and Diversity
We are committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging equality and diversity amongst our workforce. Our aim is to ensure that our workforce is truly representative of all sections of society and that each employee feels respected and able to contribute fully.
Our aim is to provide equality and fairness for all in our employment and not to discriminate on grounds of sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, disability, religion, belief or age.
All employees are helped and encouraged to develop their full potential. We are committed to delivering a fair employment environment and the opportunity to advance and strive to ensure that everyone in the firm has ready access to development opportunities at all times.
To find out more, please click here to view our Equality and Diversity Policy.
In the community
We are dedicated to being a responsible contributing member of society, seeking to build strong relationships with the local community.
We endeavour to share successes with the local community in Leeds and Bradford and seek to work in co-operation with the voluntary sector and other bodies in the Leeds/Bradford area to see where investment (in financial or other terms) can best be made.
Our employees are making a difference through involvement with local and national charities. The giving of our time and expertise is beneficial both for the personal development of the staff who get involved and the communities within which we work and live.
Our CSR policy outlines our support for a broad range of activities locally and nationally. Participation is both by individuals and as a firm and typical activities include:
- Supporting initiatives aimed at assisting businesses in the Yorkshire region.
- Volunteering in community projects.
- Supporting and sponsoring community work by employees.
- Providing advice and support to national charities such as Headway (the organisation representing victims with all aspects of head injury) and Age UK.
- Charitable donations by staff by participating in our calendar of annual events, including monthly Dress Down Day, cake sales, memory walk, etc.
- Paul Scholey, Senior Partner, was until 2012, Chair of Trustees of Leeds Citizens Advice Bureau and is now Independent Board Member of Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House Ltd.
- Dementia Action Alliance members.
To find out more about the charities we support in our local and wider communities, please click here.
Dementia Action Alliance
It is an aim to make all communities more dementia friendly to improve the quality of life for those diagnosed with a form of dementia.
We have made three commitments to improve our working environment to become more dementia friendly. These are as follows:
1. Dementia Awareness Training for staff
2. Adaptations to office environment
We have already improved signage in our Bradford office. For Pudsey, we will shortly be modernising the seating area and improving signage, where necessary. Yeadon and Leeds will also be adapted where necessary to make the office environment dementia friendly (For example – improved signage for toilets, the reception area, entrance and exit points, neutral colours etc)
3. Establish closer links with community organisations
(i) Through our ‘Charity of the Year’ work with the Alzheimer’s Society at Armley and our links with Alzheimer’s Society at Shipley, we hope to encourage people and other businesses to get involved in this initiative. If we can do our bit to make the places in which we work and visit more dementia friendly, it can only help to improve the quality of life for those with dementia.
(ii) It is important that we explain to people the importance of making a power of attorney.
We have received certificates from the Bradford DAA (January 2014) and Leeds DAA (May 2014) recognising our commitment to this initiative. Let’s hope we can help to make a difference.
We take our responsibilities towards the environment very seriously and encourage all staff members to adopt ethical principles.
We are taking steps to minimise our impact on the environment through reduction of waste and energy consumption.
Initiatives have been introduced wherever possible on an ongoing basis and include the following:
- Reducing the volume of paper waste we produce and recycling all shredded paper.
- Low energy lighting.
- Carbon offset printers/copiers. View our Carbon Offsetting page.
- Purchase of recycled products via our stationary suppliers.
- PC’s are turned off at night when staff leave the building, not left on standby, unless required for software upgrades.
- Office waste i.e. leaflets, magazines, cans are recycled.
- Our used toner cartridges and firm mobile phones that have reached the end of their life are sent for recycling.