Collective social responsibility is not just a way of acting; it’s a way of thinking. We think our relationship with society and the environment is an opportunity to create shared value. While making a difference in society, we also create a better workplace. As a firm, we are inspired by the many stories of how our volunteer efforts and financial support benefit people in our communities. In the end, our people get as much from our activities as the organizations we support.
We are recognized as a leader and innovator amongst Canadian law firms in the field of CSR (Collective Social Responsibility).
Our people are concerned citizens who enjoy giving back. Together, we focus on developing ongoing partnerships with community organizations that do amazing work, often despite limited resources and public awareness. As a firm, we have the ability to respond with contributions of time and monetary support, and our people give generously of their skills and effort. These relationships reveal what we have to offer as a team, but also what we can learn through the power of giving and engaging.
Imbedded in our CSR work is the principle of volunteerism. We encourage our people to become involved with the organizations we support as a firm, and with causes that reflect their individual values.
In partnership with our Recruitment team, we also offer our Articled Clerks the law students the opportunity to create their own CSR projects.
And to show how much we value our volunteers, we created a Volunteer Support Program that tangibly recognizes their personal efforts. When any member of the firm volunteers with a registered charity and contributes 40 or more hours annually, the firm will make an annual contribution of $500 to that organization.
These initiatives are a start, not an end. But with the enthusiasm of our people, the support of our community partners and the help of our dedicated full time CSR Coordinator, we will continue to make a difference.
Through our Pro Bono Program, we provide legal counsel to disadvantaged people and organizations that have difficulty gaining access to justice on matters of public interest.
Like any large organization, our operations leave a footprint on the environmental. From paper use and waste production to transportation and energy consumption, we continually look for opportunities to minimize that impact.
Diversity & inclusion
We recognize that our individual differences make us a stronger, more adaptable law firm. We embrace these differences and give all of our members the opportunity to develop their unique skills and talents. We work proactively to create an inclusive work environment with equal opportunities. The principles of diversity and inclusion are embedded in our Human Resource and Recruitment practices.
We’ve dedicated a facebook page to our CSR activities. Like us, and see updates on our team’s community involvement.