At Sackers, we understand the importance of conducting our business activities in a responsible manner. Since establishing a formal approach to corporate social responsibility, or CSR, we have worked hard to reduce our impact on the environment and build enduring relationships with our charity partners and local communities.
Our community action
We recognise we have the opportunity to use our resources and expertise to positively impact the lives of the people who live in our local community. We regularly support local community projects and initiatives, and every year make a valuable contribution to the East London Business Alliance (ELBA) Toy Appeal.
We work with the independent charity, Tower Hamlets Business Education Partnership, which facilitates the education, training and development of young people by forming partnerships between businesses and schools. In particular, we support their Head to Head Practice Interview Programme, where every other month Sackers’ employees volunteer a morning or afternoon to guide students through mock interview processes.
Our charitable support
Over the years, we have been involved with a number of charitable causes, from supporting people with dementia to supporting vulnerable children. We are focused on charitable donations, coupled with hands-on support, to ensure that we are making a tangible and enduring impact.
Although we work with a number of organisations at any time, each year we pick a new cause to give focused support to. This year, that organisation is Unique, an organisation that informs, supports and alleviates the isolation and difficulties faced by anyone affected by rare chromosome disorders.
We also maintain a long running relationship with Contact the Elderly, who work with older people who live alone and have limited contact with the outside world. As well as staff volunteering to spend time with the beneficiaries of this charity, the firm organises fund-raising activities and gives financial donations each year, as well as supporting events and providing practical assistance.
We continually strive to limit our impact on the environment. Our green team has implemented the following new initiatives in recent years:
- motion sensitive lights
- IT equipment moving to a low energy standby mode automatically after a period of inactivity
- low energy heating, lighting and ventilation systems
- recycling paper, glass, cardboard, printer cartridges, plastic, batteries and one-use coffee cups
- ‘Fairtrade’ products in staff kitchens
- automated water taps in the toilet facilities
In addition to our efforts above, we have been working with our building managers to improve the sustainability of our building, and as a building team we:
- signed up and made a pledge with Plastic Free City
- implemented a beauty/personal care recycling scheme
- started cigarette recycling scheme
- will participate in Earth hour
- host a beehive on our roof.
All staff are encouraged to consider how they can help meet our environmental responsibilities.
We are also a registered member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance, an inclusive movement of law firms and related organisations committed to working collaboratively to take action to improve the environmental sustainability of their operations and activities.