Being a responsible business is vitally important in making us a better law firm and a better place to work.
I am in charge of all our community volunteering outreach projects, diversity and inclusion programmes and some of our fundraising activities.
In our outreach projects we focus on combating social exclusion among some of the vulnerable communities. We are currently partnered with two charities to support people suffering from homelessness and housing difficulties, an adult carers centre and a Mind centre, (supporting people recovering from or who have experienced mental health issues).
In our diversity and inclusion programmes we focus on promoting social inclusion for young people. We work with various charities and non-profit organisations to provide young people from primary schools, secondary schools, sixth forms, colleges, universities, career changers, and those from alternative routes of education, the opportunities to gain a better insight into the vast and exciting careers within our firm. Our volunteers are able to share their career and educational experiences with the young people they meet, at the same time showing the diversity of our workforce.
We are proud to support many different charities with fundraising activities. With the assistance of our sports and social committee we fundraise throughout the year for six different charities. We also take part in four firm initiatives: the London Legal Walk, Prince’s Trust Palace to Palace cycle ride, the Children’s Christmas Shoebox collection and the Tour de Law cycle challenge. These events are great ways to team-build across the firm, as well as raise awareness and much needed funds for the charities.
Our internal networks
Multicultural Network (MCN) promotes cultural diversity within the firm, with a focus on attracting, recruiting, and promoting BAME individuals.
LEADRS (Looking for Excellence and Advancement of Persons with Disabilities at Reed Smith): supports and enhances the professional and personal development of those with all types of disabilities, both mental and physical. It helps us show that jobs for people with disabilities are both available and achievable at the top of the legal profession.
PRISM (Pride, Respect and Inclusion Simply Matter): champions inclusion for LGBT+ individuals, and acts as a forum for socialising, mentoring and networking in our firm and the wider LGBT+ community.
WINRS (Women’s network): is a growing global community dedicated to enhancing our workplace to more effectively develop, reward, engage, and attract women into the legal profession.
Sports and social
Our sports and social committee is made up of a cross- section of people from our London office.
- 11-a-side football
- Reed Smith running club
- Running & Racket Sports
- Annual Christmas social
- Summer social
- In-house social evenings
- Our choir
- Charity days
- Theatre tickets
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