Corporate responsibility

Corporate responsibility (CR) lies at the heart of our business strategy. Our CR vision is to be the leading national law firm famous for its positive contribution to society.

We operate to the highest standards of business integrity so that interested parties recognise we are a responsible corporate citizen in all business conduct.

We would particularly like to hear from third sector organisations who are addressing one or more of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UK and who have proposals, other than via fundraising or donations, explaining how we could support them with our skills. The 17 SDGs agreed by UN member states define the 17 global priorities for sustainable development to the year 2030. The SDGs set out an ambitious agenda for a world that is fairer, safer, healthier, more prosperous and in better balance with nature. For more information, or if you wish to contact us about our approach to corporate responsibility, please email us at [email protected].

Every Shoosmiths member of staff is able to volunteer one day/annum and we are keen to hear from charities and other community organisations who our staff could volunteer for during the week near to our offices. We want to encourage more of our staff to volunteer in the community and so this is one of our areas of focus instead of appointing a national charity partner. Interested? If you would like to talk about working with Shoosmiths or have any questions about our responsible business strategy please email us at [email protected].

Shine: Bright Ideas for Positive Change

Our CR strategy is encapsulated by Shine: Bright Ideas for Positive Change, which is all about how, in the actions we take, we are able to have a positive impact on society. Our approach encapsulates who we are as a firm. We are signatories of the UN Global Compact and work with a number of organisations at a global, national and local level.

The Shine programme concentrates on four work streams:

  • Community: Building and maintaining enduring community relationships that achieve positive impacts for the organisations we work with
    Our approach is based on staff fundraising and partner donations to support charity partnerships, the provision of legal advice on a pro bono basis to individuals and third sector organisations unable to afford legal guidance, staff volunteering in the local community, and in-kind support.
  • Environment: Demonstrating high standards of environmental responsibility in all our operations and minimising the environmental impacts associated with our activities, products and services
    Continual improvement forms the basis of our approach in order that we can achieve an overall positive environmental impact as a result of the way we do business.
  • Marketplace: Supporting the commercial and societal CR aspirations of our clients and working with clients and suppliers to evidence best CR practice
    We support clients in their delivery of commercial and philanthropic goals to achieve a positive contribution to society. Our breadth of legal expertise is supported by our collaborative approach including the provision of pro bono services, volunteering, fundraising, sporting challenges, workshops and sharing best CR practice. Responsible supply chain management is focused on improving ethical, social, health safety and environmental performance.
  • Workplace: Inspiring and empowering our people to use their talents to make a positive difference in their communities. Recognising the unique contribution our people make in supporting our CR aspirations.
    We ask for, listen to and act on the views of our people and we promote work/life balance and equality of opportunity. We will also act as an inspiration for individuals who may be interested in working in the legal sector, irrespective of their background or circumstances.

Corporate Responsibility Reporting

We publish details of our policy statements, annual Corporate Responsibility reports as well as the annual United Nations Global Compact Communications on Progress.


Follow our corporate responsibility activities on our blog, Shoutback.

Awards in 2019

  • Payroll Giving Quality Mark Bronze Award
  • Pennies from Heaven Gold Medal

Awards in 2018

  • Pennies from Heaven Gold Medal
  • Payroll Giving Quality Mark Bronze Award
  • Employer of the Year at the inaugural Women in Credit Awards

Awards in 2017

  • Gold status awarded by the Law Society in its 2017 Diversity Charter Biennial Report
  • Re-accredited to Investors in People – Gold Standard for the third consecutive time
  • Pennies from Heaven Gold Medal
  • Payroll Giving Quality Mark Bronze Award
  • Lex 100’s annual trainee survey ranked Shoosmiths winners in the Job Satisfaction and Living up to Expectations categories