Corporate Social Responsibility activities allow us to make a real difference in our community and the wider environment, but they are truly valuable to our professionals too. They put our legal work in a broader context and find us working hard in ways that are quite different from our daily professional challenges. In essence Corporate Social Responsibility makes us more rounded, experienced and well equipped to achieve the absolute best in all we do.
Our people are given a day and a half’s paid leave to take part in CSR activities. This can amount to more than 3,000 hours of community contribution a year. Our CSR committee is made up of representatives from across our business, from senior management to solicitors, trainees and support staff, all working together to build a programme of volunteering and fundraising opportunities.
Bruce Farquhar, Anderson Strathern’s Chair says:
I passionately believe in giving our people opportunities to contribute their time and skills to others in our local communities. It’s the right thing for a responsible business to do and I am proud to see our staff get involved.
Our CSR volunteers say:
"I had a fantastic day – great sense of achievement!"
"Plenty of opportunity for Anderson Strathern team building, and it was great fun!"
"It’s great to see everyone coming together to benefit others".
We hope to inspire our people to take up opportunities to help others, whether in aid of our Charity of the Year or as part of our ongoing relationships with clients, charitable organisations, schools and the wider community.
Pro bono work
Offering pro bono legal work to benefit social enterprises and charities is an important part of what we do at Anderson Strathern. We support our people in giving their time free of charge (or at a much reduced rate) on carefully selected activities.
We are the sole Scottish partner for Muscular Dystrophy UK and provide a pro bono advocacy service for the charity.
We’ve supported Social Bite since 2014, initially with conveyancing work for their sandwich shops and then on the Social Bite Village which opened in 2018. We’ve also taken part in their Sleep in the Park fundraiser in both 2017 and 2018.
Managing Partner Murray McCall, and some of the pro bono team with Jane Bruce, Deputy CEO of Social Bite
Charity of the Year
Every year we invite our employees to suggest charities they would like us to support. A vote is then taken to decide our Charity of the Year and we will support that charity through fundraising activities, volunteer support and much more for 12 months.
This year, our chosen charity is SAMH and along with our usual fundraising efforts, we’ve taken the opportunity to expand our mental health support and initiatives throughout the business with support from the charity. Because of the way we involve all our people in our charity of the year selection process, we do not accept direct applications from charities themselves.
A team from our Edinburgh and East Lothian offices preparing to walk The Kiltwalk in aid of SAMH.
Working with schools
The energy and belief behind our Gold Investors in Young People accreditation extends to young people in our local communities. Each year, we take part in the Schools Mock Court Project, a cross-curricular skills development opportunity for primary schools that we have proudly sponsored for the last two years. It’s truly inspiring to help pupils build their communication and presentation skills.
Our staff also spend their time taking part in paired reading sessions at a number of schools in the community.
The firm is a member of the Midlothian Partnership Group under Developing the Young Workforce.
Our teams frequently visit secondary school career days to encourage the next generation to consider a career in law.
Activities and Fundraising
We place great value on people working together to raise funds for the charities and other organisations we support. Our commitment to sponsorship encourages teams of people to have fun taking part in sporting challenges like the Great Scottish Run, the Kiltwalk and Pedal for Scotland in aid of SAMH just this year alone.
The team running the Great Scottish Run 10k in Glasgow, September 2018.
To find out more about our commitment to CSR, please contact Jane Rutherford firstname.lastname@example.org.