A commitment to community is integral to our culture and operations. Some call it Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). At McInnes Cooper, we call it Collective Social Responsibility because, for us, it’s about embracing our shared responsibility to make our world kinder, stronger, healthier, and more vibrant.
Built on five pillars – community impact, environmental stewardship, pro bono legal services, wellness promotion, and diversity & inclusion – our CSR program engages our members in a shared effort to empower communities and conserve the environment. 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 difference in society. We help by providing financial support, in-kind donations, volunteer assistance, and strategic advice, while also facilitating dozens of volunteer-led projects and one major firm-wide campaign every year.
Our cause areas of focus are youth empowerment, mental health, poverty relief 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.
Our youth hold so much creativity, compassion, and leadership ability. They inspire us to partner with advocacy groups and youth centres that help young people discover their passions, find their voices, and feel empowered to make decisions today that will affect changes tomorrow. Together, we participate in programs that promote literacy, equality, and creativity, and help to instill resilience in the generation that will lead us toward a brighter future.
– Ryan Veltmeyer, Executive Director of Youth Art Connection
Mental health struggles 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 in 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 most vulnerable 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. To remove bariers for marginalized people and groups in need of counsel, we support organizations that enable access to justice, 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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