Meeting the needs of communities in Building Back Responsibly

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Chris Rae, on using the Global Goals to support local communities in building back responsibly.

Chris Rae, partner and head of corporate responsibility at international law firm CMS Scotland and a member of Business in the Community’s (BITC) Global Goals Leadership Team, on using the Global Goals to support communities.

BITC’s work to Build Back Responsibly resonates powerfully with our values at CMS Scotland, where our vision is to create sustainable and rewarding futures for our clients, people and communities.

The UN’s Global Goals, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals, have been a guiding force for CMS Scotland’s corporate responsibility programme. This put us in a strong position when COVID-19 hit as we were able to rapidly adapt our response to the pandemic, helping us make a positive impact where it was most needed in our communities.

For example, our #CMSBuildingBetterFutures Hub is promoting social mobility in secondary schools by providing insights into the legal industry and resources to help students develop the key skills required for further education and employment. This is vital as COVID-19 is creating significant career and employability challenges for young people, especially those from disadvantaged communities.

Equality, with a focus on young people, is one of the key areas of the Scottish government’s Programme for Government, which sets out the government’s actions in the coming year and beyond in response to COVID-19. This is based on the National Performance Framework, which is aligned to the Global Goals.

Throughout COVID-19, we’ve been able to harness the passion of our people to make a positive impact and I’m always extremely proud to see how many from CMS Scotland are involved.

With the Global Goals running through both government and business responses we can mobilise our efforts to make a real, targeted difference.

Our CMS Scholarships are also promoting social mobility, by providing mentoring, financial support and paid work experience to students. The pandemic has resulted in more applications in 2020 than in any previous year.

The CMS C-19 Pro Bono Task Force was created to channel pro bono support to local needs where their survival has been at stake due to COVID-19, and to help these enterprises come through it and even build back better.

Throughout COVID-19, we’ve been able to harness the passion of our people to make a positive impact and I’m always extremely proud to see how many from CMS Scotland are involved.

Meeting the needs of communities in Scotland both at a local and national level will be crucial in building back– using the framework of the Global Goals across sectors will help us achieve this.

Find out more and get involved in Building Back Responsibly.