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 re-usable 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 are introducing 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.
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 2018, we will primarily be donating money to three charities, as discussed below.
Chester Voluntary Action:
Firstly, we will be donating funds to Chester Voluntary Action (CVA), who are our Charity of the Year.
Chester Voluntary Action are a charity which helps charities. They work hard to develop and support the local voluntary sector by helping small, local charities to set-up and get funding, training, volunteers and support. They help charities covering a broad spectrum of causes including: mental health, homelessness, physical and mental disability, ageing, community centres, and many more. You can learn more about them by clicking here.
We will primarily raise funds for this charity through our monthly Dress Down Day. All money raised by our staff will be matched by Oliver & Co. For example – if staff raise £200, Oliver & Co will add another £200 to the pot to be donated. We have also purchased a table at CVA’s 2018 Charity Ball.
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. In 2018 so far, our charity work includes:
- 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 also encouraging our staff to become involved in volunteering by offering incentives. This year, we are giving our staff a day of extra holiday on Christmas Eve with a view to encouraging them to volunteer a day of their time to charity. If everyone at Oliver & Co offers a working-day worth of fundraising, this would amount to 23.3 days a year.
We believe that it is important for everyone to be able to access our services. In October 2017, 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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