As a law firm, one of our priorities is to be as fair and reasonable as possible. This is why we dedicate time to making sure we are as socially responsible as possible. We also recognise the positive effects good corporate social responsibility can have for our clients and our wider communities.
Our social responsibility commitments include:
- Making a positive contribution towards the communities in which we work
- Minimising our contribution to climate change
- Investing in people from a diverse pool of talent
- Developing a positive professional working environment
- Working collaboratively in the marketplace
Every year we ask staff to nominate and then vote to choose the firm’s Charity of the Year. The chosen charity then benefits from the money raised during that year through a raft of fundraising activities, supported by a dedicated team of staff members. In the past, staff at LA have raised money for the charity by participating in everything from skydiving to quiz nights, to Halloween and Easter themed fundraising days.
In addition, the firm supports several charities local to their individual offices. For example, a team of employees and partners from Lester Aldridge have taken part in the Big Sleep Easy since 2017, run by YMCA Bournemouth, and build shelters and sleep rough for a night to raise money for the homeless. We also support local schools to take part.
We are also a Corporate Member of Headway – the brain injury association and support them through fundraising activities such as taking part in sponsored climb over the O2 in 2017.
Local community initiatives
By maintaining close links with our communities we can work cohesively with them and respond effectively to the changing needs of our clients. We recognise that our communities and marketplace are vital to the sustainability of our continued success as a business.
We encourage our employees to be fully involved in our communities and give all employees the opportunity to spend a day a year getting involved in local initiatives which benefit our local working communities.
Lester Aldridge supported the Dorset Young Chamber programme which supported schools in the county and also sponsored Bournemouth School for Girls through this programme.
We are proud to have supported the Dorset Business Awards Company of the Year Award during its 25 years and we are an active Premier Partner to the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI). We support the DCCI Fit for the Future and GU6 programmes. We are also a Champion of Business South and helped establish the Bournemouth Property Association (BPA) as well as being actively involved in the Southampton Property Association (SPA).