2014 saw a focus on expanding the Responsible Business programme across the firm’s global network, strengthening existing relationships and building new ones.
Achievements from 2014 include:
Almost 40% of the London office took part in volunteering
Ranked 1st for pro bono hours in UAE, according to TrustLaw Global index
100% of London trainees undertook pro bono work, for fourth year running
Nearly 20% of successful training contract applicants were disabled candidates
10% increase in candidates from BAME backgrounds on the vacation scheme
50% reduction in general waste since 2013
The firm has rebranded its programme from ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ to ‘Responsible Business’. This is to reflect how the programme promotes workplace and ethical business standards and environmental initiatives, as well as pro bono and volunteering.
Michael Skrein, Reed Smith Responsible Business Partner EMEA, commented:
“We call our programme ‘Responsible Business’ so as to convey how our initiatives and values sit at the core of the firm’s business practices and strategy. We are determined to remind ourselves and the world at large of our ethical responsibility to all of our key stakeholders: the communities in which we work, our personnel, our clients and the environment.”