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 focuses 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. In addition the Shoosmiths Foundation provides grants to UK registered charities.
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 - working collaboratively in the marketplace with our clients and suppliers to evidence best corporate responsibility practice aligned with our vision to be the leading UK law firm famous for its client experience.
We support clients in their delivery of commercial and responsible business 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 - delivering an innovative and market differentiated employee value proposition based upon the firm’s values and the Shoosmiths Way.
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.