A commitment to community is integral to our corporate culture and operations. Often referred to as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), at McInnes Cooper, we call it Collective Social Responsibility because, for us, social responsibility is about embracing our shared ability to make our world kinder, stronger, healthier, and more vibrant.
Built on the five pillars of community impact, environmental stewardship, access to justice, wellness promotion, and diversity & inclusion, we strive to engage all of our members in community impact and environmental conservation. Through our CSR program, McInnes Cooper proudly supports hundreds of projects a year, leveraging more than 6,000 volunteer hours, and contributing more than $400,000 in pro bono legal advice to marginalized individuals and groups.
CSR at McInnes Cooper includes:
McInnes Cooper feels privileged to partner with organizations that make measurable differences in society. We help by providing financial support, in-kind donations, volunteer assistance, and strategic advice, while also facilitating dozens of volunteer-led projects a year, including one major firm-wide campaign.
Our cause areas of focus are youth empowerment, mental health, poverty reduction and access to justice.
We also encourage our members to engage with causes that matter most to them. Through our Volunteer Support Program, McInnes Cooper will make a donation to any registered charity with which a member commits to volunteer a certain number of hours in a calendar year.
We see it as our responsibility to ensure that youth feel empowered to speak up for themselves and make the decisions today that will affect changes tomorrow. Working with advocacy groups and youth centres, McInnes Cooper members participate in programs that promote literacy, equality, and creativity to help raise a more resilient generation that will lead us in a brighter future.
– Ryan Veltmeyer, Executive Director of Youth Art Connection
Mental health struggles are not uncommon – they affect 1 in 4 people at some point in their lives. McInnes Cooper recognizes this prevalence and acknowledges our own members are not immune. We have a responsibility to challenge stigma and support the mental wellbeing in our workplaces and our communities. Through partnership with expert organizations that support mental health and provide access to medical assistance, we foster positive discourse and actively work toward collective wellbeing.
We believe that a community is only as strong as its greatest weakness, and for many communities that weakness is poverty. At McInnes Cooper, we engage with local organizations that impactfully address food insecurity, child hunger, homelessness, affordable housing, literacy rates, and equitable access to education. To support these efforts, we empower our members to take part in donation drives, fundraising campaigns, and volunteer service. Some of our community partners in the area of poverty relief include:
Access to Justice
As legal professionals, we have the distinct privilege of providing legal services. With that privilege comes a responsibility to improve access to justice (“A2J”). To advance access to those who most need counsel, we support A2J organizations, such as:
Pro Bono Program
McInnes Cooper’s Pro Bono Program is a core component of our CSR program and is integral to our commitment to improving access to justice for marginalized people and groups. Read more.
At McInnes Cooper, we strive to be eco-stewards and champions for change by addressing our own environmental footprint and by partnering with organizations that work to protect nature and reduce harmful emissions. Read more.
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