Corporate social responsibility

Our Commitment

Being a good corporate citizen is important to us. We aim to play a positive role in the communities which we inhabit and to carefully manage the impact of our business socially and environmentally.

Being a responsible employer is a vital part of our CSR strategy. We are committed to the issues of diversity and equality and creating a positive working environment for our colleagues.

Our CSR commitment is governed by the same objectives of excellence, innovation and accountability that we provide to our clients. That commitment covers:

Charitable Giving

The firm and its employees take part in a multitude of fundraising activities supporting both our nominated charities and other organisations.

Every year we nominate a different designated charity through a firm wide vote. Our current firm charity is the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, which provides supportive and end of life care for adult patients and families affected by cancer or other serious progressive illnesses, in West Surrey and North East Hampshire.

Other organisations we have supported and/or continue to support include:

  • Oxfam
  • Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
  • The firm is a founding member of Guildford Philanthropy, which aims to inspire local philanthropy to support the development of social enterprises and to help disadvantaged and vulnerable people develop their work skills
  • The Royal British Legion
  • Save the Children
  • Children in Need
  • Breast Cancer Care
  • Shooting Star Chase Children's Hospice
  • Cherry Trees
  • Oakleaf

Social Mobility through PRIME

PRIME is an alliance of law firms and legal departments across the UK that has made a commitment to broaden access to the legal profession.

As a PRIME member since 2015, Stevens & Bolton is committed to providing work experience placements for students from less privileged backgrounds to find out how the legal profession works and, by using the firm’s resources and expertise, help them gain important employability skills.

Community

We value the opportunity to give something back to the communities in which we live and work and all employees at Stevens & Bolton are encouraged to participate in community service activities.

We are actively involved with schools in our local area with employees acting as school governors, with mentoring programmes for GCSE students and with primary school reading and business simulation programmes.

Pro Bono

We employ bright, capable and passionate people at Stevens & Bolton.  Pro bono work enables our employees to use their skills and experience to enhance access to justice.  We are dedicated to providing the same levels of quality in our pro bono work as we provide to our clients and have signed up to the Pro Bono Protocol to demonstrate our commitment in this area.

Environment

We are committed to doing business in a responsible and sustainable way and to minimise our impact on the environment.

We have an Eco-team dedicated to dealing with environmental issues and which launched a ‘Greening the Office’ initiative to promote more energy efficient practices and a more environmentally sustainable approach to our business.

In 2009 the firm signed up to Legal Sector Alliance (LSA). LSA is an inclusive movement of law firms and organisations committed to working collaboratively to take action on climate change by reducing their carbon footprint and adopting environmentally sustainable practices.