Shoosmiths Corporate Responsibility report 2014/15

Shoosmith's CR Report 2014/15
Shoosmiths are committed to continuous improvement and to addressing impacts associated with environmental, social, ethical and economic issues, as outlined in this report.

"Corporate responsibility forms part of our business planning and delivery because we are committed to continuous improvement and to addressing impacts associated with environmental, social, ethical and economic issues. Our endeavours to implement best CR practice, we believe, reinforce our brand and our values, strengthen relationships with our clients and deliver greater efficiency and quality controls, all of which help us to achieve our investment plans."

Highlights of the year included:

  • Reaccreditation with Investors in People Gold Standard – the first top 40 law firm to be reaccredited,

  • Topping the Legal Week’s Employee Satisfaction report 2014 for the 10th consecutive year,

  • The launch of a zero harm strategy,

  • Achieving eighth overall and fifth nationally in the UK100 Black Solicitors Network Diversity League Table; Shoosmiths have ranked in the top ten since the league table was established in 2006,

  • Raising and donating £74,961 for Shoosmiths' corporate charity partner Winston’s Wish to fund two additional family services practitioners,

  • Winning the Micro-Tyco challenge, co-ordinated by the WildHearts Foundation challenge, raising £15,412 used to fund micro loans to help transform the lives of the world’s poorest people in Africa, Asia and Latin America,

  • Providing 1,210 hours of volunteering in the community and 928 hours of pro bono advice to individuals and organisations unable to afford to pay for advice,

  • 113 organisations supported via fundraising, donations, volunteering or other in kind support at national or office level with £182,728 raised for these organisations through staff fundraising and firm donations.