Corporate Social ResponsibilityThursday, 3 September 2015
We have always believed it is important to conduct our business in a responsible, ethical and professional manner and we encourage all of our staff to engage in our Corporate Social Responsibility programme.
The Corporate Social Responsibility programme is led by a committee made up of staff from all parts of the firm including partners, associates, trainees and business support. The programme thrives in three main areas: pro bono work, charity and community programmes and environmental initiatives.
We are heavily involved in a range of pro bono work, and we handle all activities with the same professionalism that we do with our fee-paying work. Examples of our current initiatives include:
- A4ID: We are a legal partner of Advocates for International Development (A4ID), which brings together the legal and development professions to achieve the Millennium Development Goals "“ ranging from eradicating extreme poverty and hunger to combating HIV, malaria and other diseases.
- Private Equity Foundation (PEF): PEF is a pioneer of venture philanthropy in the UK whose core mission is to reduce the number of young people not in education, employment or training so they can reach their full potential. We have helped PEF in carrying out due diligence on charities that they are interested in working with and, most recently, we have worked alongside them to set up and develop a new initiative, ThinkForward, which helps support children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
- Law Centre work: Through the LawWorks initiative the firm has for several years been involved in a partnership with the Paddington Law Centre. Our lawyers work as volunteer advisers at the Law Centre providing free advice to local people. We have also initiated a range of fund-raising activities to benefit the Paddington Law Centre.
Charity and community programmes
We are very aware of our role within the wider community. Initiatives include:
- Reading in schools scheme: We currently have a number of volunteers who give up a lunch hour every week to read with students at a local primary school where a high number of children don't have English as their first language.
- Primary Financial Literacy scheme: One of our trainees was responsible for implementing this new initiative, involving a year long series of morning classes, run by Travers Smith volunteers, in which the children are taught basic financial skills needed to gain employment, including presentation and interview skills.
- Lawyers in Schools: Our lawyers participate in this skills based employee volunteering programme, run by the Citizenship Foundation, which involves placing practicing and trainee lawyers from our firm into the classroom to work with young people to develop their awareness and understanding of the law.
We also organise numerous fundraising events and activities for our dedicated charity (selected each year by Travers Smith staff).
We have an Environmental Management System which incorporates a recycling plan and comprehensive range of initiatives designed to minimise our consumption of energy, water and paper.
For further information please see our main Corporate Social Responsibility section.