Our Environmental Social Governance Group of staff volunteers manages the three areas of our ESG agenda:

Charity

In 2023 we were delighted to be able to set up the Thrive Fund – a charitable fund financed by donations from our Partners and a programme of fundraising events which all the teams across our offices can enjoy organising and participating in.  The Thrive Fund is operated in partnership with the Cumbria Community Foundation and the Community Foundation for Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.

The Thrive Fund has at its heart a desire to support the next generation.  With this in mind, its central focus will be the provision of grants for 11-19 year olds in designated schools in Cumbria and the North East, to help raise their educational attainment and career aspirations. These grants can be used to fund residential trips, costs associated with work-experience activities, musical instruments, theatre workshops, sport training costs and much more.

Community

Our Volunteering Policy gives one day a year to all our employees to spend volunteering for a local project. Our team also supports local schools with their Career Ready Days and provides students with interview and CV writing skills, plus we offer work placements for sixth form students interested in a career in law.

Environment

We take every opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint and we try to make this a daily way of working.  We recycle all the usual things like cardboard, paper and plastics, and also things like batteries, pens and crisp bags. We’ve changed all our stationery to either recyclable products or those that have been made from recycled materials and our housekeeping goods are all environmental and animal friendly products. We also do a litter pick once a month around our local offices which we like because not only does it help the environment, it also gets us outside for a breath of fresh air and gives us time to spend together away from our desks.