Our Corporate Social Responsibility activities deliver changes that are important to our people and to our community.
CSR strategy and staff engagement
We developed our CSR strategy in conjunction with our staff and it continues to be developed this way. As a result, our CSR activities are designed by and for our staff to ensure programmes deliver changes that are important to our people and to our community.
Our marketplace programme focuses on client support, accessibility, legal aid and pro bono.
- Pro bono legal aid - We are proud to be one of the founding signatories to the Pro Bono Pledge Ireland, an important initiative launched in November 2020 that seeks to promote access to justice and to the provision of pro bono legal assistance for those in need. The pledge provides a common definition of pro bono, as well as a commitment to a minimum aspirational target of 20 pro bono hours per lawyer per year. We take our commitment to this pledge seriously, led by Head of Pro Bono, Tony O'Sullivan, and will therefore continue to actively seek suitable avenues to fulfil this pledge, such as through FLAC, the CIC, as board members for a range of charities, as well as volunteering time for local community, national and international health and aid organisations.
- Client support - Our client support initiatives are underpinned by our client service commitment, core values and knowledge management.
Our community programme is focused on charitable fundraising, volunteerism and advocacy. Since we launched our CSR strategy, community activities include:
- Fundraising events - As part of our community programme, we host staff events regularly and seasonal activities such as costume competitions, which have raised many thousands for over 40 charities with a particular focus on health, homelessness and children. These include the Irish Heart Foundation, Suicide or Survive, Barnardos, Operation Smile, Simon Community, Peter McVerry Trust, Haven, Our Lady's Hospice, Concern, St Vincent de Paul, St. Francis Hospice, Action Aid, Women's Aid and BeLongTo.
- Participation with charitable causes - We also often participate in other fundraising activities outside of our organisation for many charities and for the betterment of our local community and society at large. Some organisations we have helped include Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, Crumlin Children's Hospital, Oxfam, St Joseph's Shankill, Peter McVerry Trust
- Calcutta Run - The Calcutta Run is the Law Society's annual fund raising event which raises much needed funds for both GOAL and the Peter McVerry Trust. As part of our community programme, Beauchamps has increased its involvement with this event to support these two charities.
- NEIC TY programme - Beauchamps have been active participants in the NEIC TY Programme was launched as part of the Governments’ initiative to regenerate Dublin’s North East Inner City. This programme aims to maximise educational and training opportunities for children in the area with the goal of keeping them in education and increase their career prospects. Beauchamps were delighted to offer them a very hands-on experience, placing them in many of our departments to give them a real insight into the workings of a law firm
- Dublin Devils Football Club - Beauchamps is a proud sponsor to the Dublin Devils and this year our donation will be used to support the purchase of new team kit in advance of the European Gay Games being held in Rome in July 2019.
- Dragon at the docks – we enter a team of our fiercest dragons to join this boat race each year to help in the mission to raise greater funds to alleviate homelessness in Dublin with the Dublin Simon Community.
Our environmental programme focuses on green initiatives, transport, recycling and technology. We recycle 8000 tonnes of paper each year and we recycle technology which is no longer fit for purpose.
- Partnership with Camara, PC recycling and reuse - As part of our environmental programme, Beauchamps' PCs and other technology are shipped via Camara to schools for reuse in Kenya, Zambia and Ethiopia. This means about 2000 children from highly disadvantaged communities will become digitally literate as a result of reused Beauchamps' computers. There are also significant environmental benefits to this programme as 60 to 70% of the energy consumption of a desktop used during its lifetime is embedded at the manufacturing stage.
- Employee travel - We provide tax-saver travel cards (25% employee take-up) and bike to work schemes (60% employee take-up) to staff to encourage use of public and environmental friendly forms of transport.
- Energy saving protocols - Our energy saving protocols resulted in energy saving of approximately 20%. Key protocols include auto switch-off light fittings, limited lift usage, energy efficient heat and air conditioning systems, cooling systems in IT rooms and the use of virtual servers.
- Secure Print Environmental Savings during 2018 to 2019 equated to 1.05 million litres, 12.7 trees and 3,058 kilograms of Co2.
Our workplace programme is focused on workplace, development, employee wellbeing and diversity and inclusion. Our activities in this area are focused on:
- Employee wellbeing - As part of our workplace programme, we have a number of initiatives designed to safeguard the physical and mental health and wellbeing of employees. These include onsite yoga and pilates classes, running clubs, vaccinations, nutrition and wellness coach,fruit throughout the office and free SiSu juices in our cafeteria. We are continually investing in our building, IT and process infrastructure to create comfortable working environments and greater efficiencies in terms of how we work.
- Employee development - We actively upskill, develop and promote our employees. Our HR and Knowledge Management teams deliver an annual schedule of training and development opportunities to support legal and business support employees in reaching their professional potential.
- Diversity and inclusion - We value diversity throughout our firm as it helps us to achieve more for our clients. Diversity is essential to avoid “group think” and helps us approach problems from a variety of viewpoints. Our initial particular focus is on achieving a number of gender diversity goals to build on our current gender diversity with 37% female partners and 60% female legal staff. This is supported by our hiring practices and our female leaders initiative, which engages our female lawyers and clients and provides development opportunities to female professionals. Beauchamps also supports flexible working hours for a number of staff members to accommodate their priorities outside of the firm.
- Wellness week - We have an annual wellness week and a wellness programme in place for our employees to participate in which targets their physical, social and mental well-being. During this week, our employees could participate in activities and events such as group lunchtime walks, meditation classes, stress management classes, competitions for gym memberships, mindfulness lectures, healthy eating seminars and nutritional consultations
- Employee socialisation - It is important to us at Beauchamps that we encourage employees to get to know their peers and colleagues, especially those on different teams, and for this we have a very active social committee who arrange monthly events, activities and trips which allow employees to de-stress and enjoy each others company away from the desks.