Corporate social responsibility

People

Diversity and equality
The ongoing success of our business depends on our people, collectively and as individuals. We therefore actively support diversity throughout the business and make every effort to create and maintain an inclusive culture.

A professional working environment which celebrates diversity and is free from discrimination promotes mutual respect and encourages quality, productivity and creativity.  For our incredibly wide-ranging client base, supporting diversity means we are able to match clients with practitioners who have relevant experience and expertise.

As a firm, we operate a policy of equal opportunities in all aspects of employment practices.  We recruit, train and develop people regardless of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, colour, racial or ethnic origins, nationality, religion or belief, disability or age.

Environment

Environmental support and policy
Marks & Clerk is committed to minimising its environmental impact and facilitating environmentally friendly working practices by all our people, our suppliers and our clients. Our environmental policy is based on the environmental management standard ISO 14000 and covers five main areas – office accommodation, working practices, energy use, travel policy, and recycling of consumables.

In terms of our client work, cleantech is a key focus for us and we act for a number of clients in this growth sector supporting them with their innovations and businesses which benefit the environment.

Community

Charities and fundraising
Marks & Clerk has for many years recognised the wider responsibilities of business in the community. In addition to meeting and exceeding statutory requirements in terms of employment, benefits and environmental regulation, we encourage activities by our people which benefit wider society.

Recent Marks & Clerk initiatives include charity walks, runs, rides and other fund raising initiatives benefiting a diverse range of charities from national charities such as those engaged in cancer research, heart disease research, children’s medical research and Parkinson’s disease to local hospices and causes.

We support a number of charities as a national firm but recognise the wide range of concerns among our people and encourage local decision making and fund raising. We believe that support in terms of time and personal commitment is as important as financial donations, both from the point of view of value and from the point of view of the personal satisfaction and commitment it engenders in the people making the contribution.

We are also very proud of the charitable initiatives many of our people are involved in individually outside of work which complements the community activity we participate in collectively as a firm.


JP Morgan Corporate Challenge 2016


Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy Charity Bake Sale

Charities we have recently supported include; Tiny Babies Big Appeal, Teenage Cancer Trust, East Anglia's Children Hospice, CHAS (Children’s Hospice Association Scotland), Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Yorkhill), Alzheimer Scotland, Cash for kids (Mission Christmas/Forth One), Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, St Mungo’sRailway Children, Bury Hospice, HCPT (The Pilgrimage Trust) and Sobell House Hospice Charity.

 

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