Corporate Social Responsibility

People

People drive the firm’s success. The quality of people within the firm and the breadth of experience and interests ensures we are close to our clients and our community. Our recruitment policies are such that we recruit the best possible candidates irrespective of sex, race, religion or any other form of discrimination.

Diversity Monitoring

We are an equal opportunities firm, and have embraced diversity monitoring.

Our 2019 survey showed that complementing our five partners, 34% of our other staff are managers or qualified accounts and 47% are training towards qualifications. 56% of our staff our female; 23% are under 25 and 47% are aged 25-34, with the remaining staff spread across the age bands 35-44, 45-54, 55-64 and over 65.  Whilst two thirds of staff are white British we have staff from ten other ethnic groups; 42% have no religion and 51% are Christian, Hindu, Muslim or other religion. Currently no staff responded that they are disabled or were limited a lot because of a long term health problem or disability.  77% of staff attended a UK state school, and during their school years 7% of staff received free school meals and 14% of staff were in households receiving income support; 53% of staff went to university and 19% of staff were the first generation of their family to do so.  33% of staff have professional or other vocational or work-related qualifications.

As we are a training firm our staff are predominantly under the age of 35 and this been reflected in our survey results.  The survey also shows a wide mix of backgrounds within the firm.

Community
We can interact and support our local community through providing our time and expertise.

We acknowledge that as a small Firm, we can often have a far greater impact for the local community by providing our skills and expertise either pro-bono or at a much reduced rate in order to support local charities and communities.

We introduced ‘Volunteering Days’ during the year and by the end of the year more than 5% of the Firm had taken part. We intend to build on this and to double the proportion of the Firm undertaking volunteering year on year until at least 50% of the Firm volunteer on an annual basis.

Training
In the year to 31 May 2016, 5,020 hours was spent by members of the Firm attending training courses. 86% of the Firm attended training or professional development courses in that year.

Environment
It is becoming easier and more precise to measure our environmental impact. We can set and achieve targets to reduce our impact absolutely even as we grow.

We have adopted the year to 31 May 2012 as our basis year for measuring the success of our environmental impact initiatives.

Our commitment to reducing our impact on the environment includes:-

  • Recycling all office paper waste
  • Recycling 25% of general waste
  • Ensuring sufficient trees are planted to offset the CO2 emissions from our energy consumption and travel impact
  • Reducing our energy consumption per employee by 15% by 31 May 2016
  • Purchasing at least 30% of our electricity from renewable sources by 31 May 2017