Every year we inspire our people to take up opportunities to help others, whether in aid of our Charity of the Year (SAMH) or as part of our ongoing relationships with clients, charitable organisations or schools. 

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, all working together to build a programme of volunteering and fundraising opportunities.

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 in aid of our Charity of the Year.

Activities

Our recent CSR activities include:

Glasgow & Edinburgh Legal Walk
Roseburn Primary School Paired Reading
Dementia Friends for Alzheimer Scotland
Forth Rail Bridge Abseil
Zip Slide for Alzheimer Scotland
Action for Children, Byte Night
Schools Mock Court Project 
Great Scottish Run 2017
Social Bite's Sleep in the Park 2017

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 selected activities. We are the sole Scottish partner for Muscular Dystrophy UK and provide a pro bono advocacy service for the charity.

Working with schools

The energy and belief behind our Gold Investor in Young People accreditation extends to young people in our local community. 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. 

Working for everyone

CSR 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 CSR makes us more rounded, experienced and well equipped to achieve the absolute best in all we do. 

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.

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". 

To find out more on how our commitment to CSR could help you or your charity, please contact Jane Rutherford (jane.rutherford@andersonstrathern.co.uk).