At Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, we take our responsibility to our people, our environment and our communities seriously. Trust and transparency are embedded in everything we do and impact every business decision we make.
For us, corporate responsibility (CR) is all about making connections and making a difference. Not just to benefit the not-for-profits, individuals and suppliers we work with; but to strengthen relationships with our communities and clients and for the wellbeing and personal and professional development of our people.
Our main aims are tackling the key areas of homelessness, education and inner city needs; reducing our impact on the environment; and encouraging responsible business behaviour with our external partners.
So, what does this mean in practice? Well, everything from providing legal advice for not-for-profit organisations, job coaching for homeless people, sending the food waste produced in our buildings to an anaerobic digester and fundraising for our nominated charities of the year.
Our key environmental impacts? We use energy to run our offices and natural resources - particularly paper, and we generate waste and emissions from travel.
We've come a long way, but there's still more to be done. What do we do to minimise our environmental impacts?
Our head offices, Two Snowhill in Birmingham and 4 More London, have strong environmental credentials and have been built to BREEAM excellent / very good standards.
A team of Eco Champions across the firm encourage and support our people to follow best practice in their day-to-day activities with lots of simple measures that add up to responsible behaviour - switching lights and PCs off when not in use, cutting out non-essential printing, recycling all our waste appropriately and so on...
We use paper that is Forestry Stewardship Council approved and recycle all of our paper.
Dual screens at our desks and duplex printing have contributed to a 25% drop in paper consumption over the last four years.
Reduce, reuse, recycle: paper, cardboard, plastics, glass and cans are all recycled; food waste is sent to an anaerobic digester where it will be converted into natural fertiliser and biogas, which is captured and used to create electricity.
A cycle to work scheme and a season ticket loan scheme encourage our people to cycle or use public transport to get to work.
We offset emissions from all business flights and train travel.
A copy of Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co's Environmental Policy is available to the public. If you would like to see a copy of the Environmental Policy, please contact Lorna Gavin, Head of CR (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Each year our people nominate and vote for a charity of the year. 2014 is an extra special year; we're supporting both Friends of the Elderly and Auditory Verbal UK.
Friends of the Elderly is dedicated to providing excellent care and support for older people; Auditory Verbal UK teaches deaf babies and children to listen and speak, so that they can achieve their full potential in life.
A wide range of fundraising events are in the pipeline for the rest of the year, including dress down days, coffee mornings and a quiz. In addition, 30 of our people are taking on the challenge of walking Yorkshire's three highest peaks in less than 12 hours; and one of our drivers has walked from Land's End to John O'Groats in six weeks.
Our Charity of the Year Policy explains how the scheme works.