At MacRoberts, we don’t just define corporate social responsibility by how environmentally-friendly we are or how we have a diverse workforce which operates with professionalism and integrity. All of these things are taken as given.
We see the purpose of CSR as two-fold. Firstly, to help us give something back to the community in which we work; and secondly, to foster a team spirit within the firm, bonding people together and making us closer as work colleagues, generating a pride in who we are and how we work, which translates to a better service to our clients.
The community aspects of our approach to CSR are not driven by an agenda set by partners, but rather allowed to grow organically enabling all partners and staff within the firm to consider the objectives that they would like the firm to achieve. Examples of initiatives we have undertaken in the last year or so include:
Holding a “stair climb challenge” in our offices to raise £3,000 to buy a running bike and accessories for disabled children (see photo)
Donating Christmas presents to Cash for Kids
Collecting and donating children’s clothes to Kids Love Clothes and buying holdalls for the charity to put the clothes in, enabling them to help families in need
Encouraging staff to participate in a number of running events in aid of a number of charities (and their own fitness!)
Taking part in the Scottish Legal Walk to help raise money for legal advice agencies
And running a Cup Cake Challenge (with the award of a trophy – see photos) for aspiring bakers in aid of Breast Cancer Care’s ‘Wear It Pink’ cancer campaign
On the road to Rio
In June 2016, all staff and partners were asked to count their steps every day for 6 weeks. The mission was to see if together we could walk all the way to Rio in time for the Olympic Games opening ceremony. It’s nearly 6,000 miles, so that’s a lot of steps. If we made it, the firm committed to donating £1,500 to Scottish Sports Futures.
Not only did we walk all the way to Rio, but we almost made it back again. Between us we walked almost 21.7 million steps, equating to roughly 10,835 miles. In recognition of this massive achievement, the firm has decided to double its donation to the sports charity.
Scottish Sports Futures uses inclusive sport and physical activity as a means of engagement, offering young people creative ways to learn about physical wellbeing, goal setting, teamwork and active citizenship. Their programmes are focussed at different stages of youngsters’ development and target communities that are often vulnerable or at-risk. www.scottishsportsfutures.org.uk
Commenting on the donation, Emma Reid, Development Manager at Scottish Sports Future said
“Scottish Sports Futures are thrilled to have received this wonderful contribution from the staff at MacRoberts LLP. What is also really inspiring is that the funds were donated following a physical challenge which is in line with all our own aims and objectives to get Scottish youngsters more active more often and making positive lifestyle choices. SSF will use this investment to enable “Sport for Change” training to 100 young leaders across Scotland including Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow. By delivering 10 courses we estimate the impact to reach 1,000 young people and we thank each and every one of the MacRoberts team who took part in the challenge. “
Charities We Support
Many organisations choose a “Charity of the Year” and dedicate all their fundraising efforts to that one chosen charity. Our approach differs. We much prefer to look on a case-by-case basis at where any money we raise can best be used to really make a difference. That is why we tend to favour smaller, more local charities, where the work we do and the funds we raise can help make a direct and more immediate impact for the charity in question.
Examples of the charities we have helped support over the last year include:
Ayr Race Running
Kids Love Clothes
Hopscotch Children’s Charity
Food banks in Glasgow, Edinburgh & Dundee
Christmas Appeal in Aid of Local Charities
Staff at all of our offices have undertaken Christmas appeals in aid of local charities. The firm’s Glasgow office made their donation to Glasgow SE Foodbank, based in the Govanhill area, on Monday 7 December. The Dundee office made donations to its local foodbank. The Edinburgh office is supporting ForthOne’s Mission Christmas appeal by donating Christmas presents for children aged 0 to 18.
Over the past few years, we have supported a variety of initiatives in our local communities, such as volunteer days at Gorgie City Farm [see photo] and Yorkhill Children’s Hospital. All members of staff are encouraged to give something back to our local communities, and we encourage and support either team efforts or causes close to individuals. Many of our staff members give up their own time to sit on the boards of a number of different charities.
Pro Bono Work
At MacRoberts, we have always believed that we have responsibility to use our legal knowledge for a wider good. We aim to make our legal skills available to the charitable and not-for-profit sector on an affordable basis. Last year, we committed nearly 1,000 hours of pro bono work and helped organisations such as Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, One Mission Society, Friends of the Beatson and the Scottish Ensemble achieve their objectives.
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