Corporate Social Responsibility
We are committed to being a socially responsible business, both internally and externally.
In February 2018 we formed a corporate social responsibility team with the specific aim of having a positive impact on our community, the environment and the development of our staff.
This page discusses the steps we are taking to become more socially responsible. This includes examples of how we are reducing our waste and becoming a greener company, as well as our work in the community, which includes charitable giving.
This section discusses how we are reducing our waste and employing green-measures to improve our staff’s working environment.
All of our waste is sorted and, where possible, recycled. Any non-recyclable waste is burnt to create energy. The ash from this process is used in the construction of buildings so nothing goes to waste. We are proud to say that none of our waste goes to landfill!
Although none of our waste ends up in landfills, we are still trying to reduce the waste we produce. To achieve this, we have stopped providing plastic cups at our water dispensers. Instead, we are providing reusable glasses for our staff and clients to use. Furthermore, we are researching paper towel alternatives in a bid to reduce our rubbish.
Air purifying plants:
We have introduced air purifying plants to the office. According to research, office plants reduce stress, increase productivity, reduce sickness and absence rates, make workspaces more attractive, clean the air, help to reduce noise levels and boost creativity.
Our staff use a lot of stationery. Unfortunately, there is not always an eco-friendly option. However, where possible, we are choosing green products. Much of our stationery is made from recycled or sustainable materials.
Reducing energy usage:
Offices use a lot of energy and, whilst we cannot sit in the dark all day, we are trying to reduce our energy use. Staff members are committed to turning off their computers and monitors at the end of the day and ensuring that lights are not left on unnecessarily.
We have also invested in energy efficient lighting throughout the office.
Oliver & Co has been involved in charitable giving throughout it’s history and we are proud to sponsor and donate to both national and local charities. In 2019, we will primarily be donating money to three charities, as discussed below.
West Cheshire Foodbank:
Firstly, we will be donating funds to West Cheshire Foodbank, who are our Charity of the Year.
West Cheshire Foodbank provides emergency food to people in crisis. Non-perishable, in-date food is donated by schools, churches, businesses and individuals through community collection box schemes and through supermarket collections at Tesco’s stores in the local area.
We will primarily raise funds for this charity through our monthly Dress Down Days. We also have food collection points in our office for staff, clients and the public to donate food, you can find a list of the foodbank’s most needed items here.
Macmillan Cancer Support:
Many of our departments frequently work with people suffering from cancer and we understand the huge role Macmillan plays in supporting them through their diagnosis and beyond. We are committed to continue supporting Macmillan as we have in the past. Over the past 10 years we have raised over £32,000 for Macmillan. So far this year, we have raised money for Macmillan through a bake sale on Action Mesothelioma Day, and are planning to take part in Macmillan’s Coffee Morning in September.
The Amputation Foundation:
The Amputation Foundation is a new, unique charity which supports amputees and medical professionals in giving amputees the best start. Oliver & Co has established personal injury and medical negligence departments and, as such, we help amputees to claim compensation. As a result of our work, we understand the important role this charity has in supporting amputees as they adjust to life after amputation.
Other charitable work:
As well as supporting these three charities, we are also supporting many other charities throughout the year, including:
- Sponsoring the Hospice of the Good Shepherd’s Foamtastic Colourblast.
- Taking part in the Hospice of the Good Shepherd’s 5k Sparklewalk.
- Taking part in the British Heart Foundation’s Bag It Beat It campaign.
- Sponsoring AmaSing at Chester’s brand new Storyhouse.
We are encouraging our staff to become involved in volunteering by offering incentives. If everyone at Oliver & Co gives a working day to fundraising this would amount to nearly 500 hours a year!
We believe that it is important for everyone to be able to access our services. We contacted a number of disability organisations to evaluate our disabled access. In response to their feedback, we have since worked hard to improve our facilities.
Our Facilities for Mobility Impairment:
Our main entrance is accessible via a disabled ramp and all of our meeting rooms are on the ground floor, which is spacious for wheelchair access. The first and second floors of our building are accessible using our lift. We also have a disabled toilet.
Our Facilities for Hearing Impairment:
We have had a permanent hearing loop fitted in our reception area and now have a portable loop to use in our meeting rooms. Our reception and first response staff have also received ‘Deaf Awareness Training.’
Our Facilities for Vision Impairment:
We have updated our systems so that all communications to visually impaired people can be sent in plain text format. Sending all of our documents in plain text will mean that they should be compatible with any audio descriptive or easy read software that our clients could be using.
Work Experience Opportunities:
We are committed to helping and encouraging the next generation to pursue careers in law. We understand that work experience can be pivotal to shaping the future of people in education and so are committed to offering work experience at our firm every year.
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