“Corporate social responsibility is the continuing commitment by business to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the local community and society at large.”
Whilst we can’t confess to hugging trees on a regular basis, we do want to make sure our business is as environmentally responsible as possible, especially as we are in a field that is historically very paper-heavy. We do this in a number of small ways by:
• Ensuring we use low energy light bulbs.
• Switching computers and lights off when not in use.
• Not driving to work (okay that’s mainly because the traffic is a nightmare).
• Sourcing environmentally friendly products, especially paper.
We wanted to go one step further so we also calculated our carbon footprint taking into account overseas flights, paper usage and various other factors. According to these calculations, we produce approximately 25 tonnes of CO2 emissions. We have therefore planted 25 trees in London to offset this carbon emission, and will continue to do so each year. A small step, but in the right direction.
When we all sat down at the beginning to discuss the team ethos, one aspect was quite apparent. It was important to all of the Team that we give a little back to the Community, not just in the UK but around the world. And by “give” we don’t just mean financially, we mean time which to us is even more valuable. We therefore ensure all of our employees are given time off each year to volunteer on their charity of choice. At the end of the year, we also make a financial donation to these charities. Please visit our News page to see updates on what the team is getting up to.
In addition, we undertake Pro Bono IP work for charitable organisations around the world. If you would like to find out more about this part of our business, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
We are a caring firm and believe in helping the environment in any shape or form. In the past we have focused on smaller environmentally friendly policies such as using low energy light bulbs, recycling paper and turning computers off when not in use. In 2019 we decided to go one step further and support a new charity, The Sea Life Trust. The aim of this charity is to ‘reduce plastic litter, increase marine protection and combat overfishing’. With these three aspects the ocean will become cleaner and healthier.
A project that we are sponsoring is a Beluga Whale Sanctuary, the first of its kind. We will be the annual Comms Sponsor, ensuring the safety of both Sanctuary staff and the welfare of the whales. The location of the Sanctuary is remote, an island of the south coast of Iceland; therefore, it is vital that staff members can communicate quickly, effectively and efficiently from both the landside facility and the bay. The sanctuary will be a new home to two female beluga whales who were held in captivity. The aim of the sanctuary is to encourage rehabilitation to enable to whales to be released back into their natural environment. For more information about this project please visit their website https://www.sealifetrust.org/en/. Please follow our LinkedIn and Twitter pages to keep up to date with the team and Whales progression.