Shoosmiths commenced publishing annual Corporate Responsibility reports in 2011 and has now published its fifth progress report for the period 2015/2016. The report is complemented by circa 180 articles published during the year on this CR blog SHOUTback which we describe as ‘corporate responsibility with a Shoosmiths twist.’
The Shoosmiths approach to corporate responsibility is based on our desire to Shine: Bright Ideas for Positive Change and our ability to achieve an overall positive impact on society is determined not just by specific societal aspirations within our business planning cycle but also by our wider goals and the procedures we follow to run our business.
The 2015/2016 report details:
The CR component of our 2016/2019 business strategy and how our vision to be the leading national law firm famous for its superb client experience s underpinned by our CR aspiration to be the leading national law firm famous for its positive contribution to society.
Governance to ensure we operate to the highest standards of business integrity.
Priorities, plans and progress to deliver against the targets we set in four areas namely:
- Our 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 national law firm famous for its superb client experience
- Our workplace – attracting, developing and retaining the best talent by reinforcing our values and providing a stimulating and rewarding working environment;
- Our environment – Demonstrating high standards of environmental responsibility in all our operations and minimising the environmental impacts associated with our activities, products and services; an
- Our communities – Building and maintaining sustainable community relationships
New for this year is an appendix setting out how we are addressing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development against a number of goals and targets agreed by United Nations member states.
The report complements our first United Nations Global Compact Communication on Progress published in January 2017.
Nicola Ellen, Corporate Responsibility Consultant commented ‘We would like to thank all our colleagues for their continued commitment to delivering the CR component of our business strategy and for the many project partners that share our vision.’
We would love to receive comments, suggestions and ideas about our approach. These can be sent to [email protected]iths.co.uk