At Palmers Solicitors, we recognise our responsibilities and the potential impact our business has on the local community and the environment where we all live and work.
We are committed to running a successful business but we also take steps to support our staff in initiatives which have a positive effect on our Corporate Social Responsibility aims.
What does this mean in practice?
We regularly review and, where possible, implement new initiatives which reduce our energy consumption and wastage.
We have maintenance contracts in place so that all major equipment is regularly serviced to help maintain energy efficiency.
We have adopted a number of waste management initiatives, including the recycling of paper, card, and printer cartridges. We also encourage all staff to recycle and we have recycling bins throughout the office areas.
We aim, where possible, to purchase recycled products, for example, recycled toner cartridges and paper products.
We also use the services of local businesses for stationery products etc. to keep lorry transport deliveries and our carbon footprint to a minimum.
We endeavour to work with partner organisations that share our environmental values.
We encourage our staff, where it is possible and appropriate to do so, to use email correspondence rather than paper correspondence.
We use in-house training and webinars where possible to avoid the need to travel, which helps reduce our carbon footprint.
The majority of company-related information is shared via internal email. For example, we have created email recipient groups/work-type teams so that we can send out relevant emails to specific groups, along with a weekly “Staff Bulletin” which is emailed to all staff.
You can find out about the measures we have put in place to reduce our carbon footprint here.
We support a number of charitable organisations through donation, sponsorship, advertising and attendance at a wide range of functions such as charity quiz nights, an annual Christmas Carol Concert, staff ‘Christmas jumper’ days, as well as formal dinners, receptions and luncheons.
Our staff regularly participate in charity fund-raising events from abseiling to cake sales.
Details of our latest charity fundraising events can be found here on our timeline
We encourage community work. For example, our staff are involved in a local school reading project and a number of our lawyers offer legal advice to the local CAB office.
We recognise the importance of education in our communities. Where appropriate, our staff are encouraged to apply for appointments as governors of schools and colleges.
Our practice works with local schools, colleges and universities to offer student placements and encourage students to join the legal profession.
We also support local schools through the sponsorship of student award schemes and we are actively involved in a mentoring scheme which inspires local students to aim for career success, by showing how hard work and a focus on studying can pay off in the long-term.
We promote equality and well-being amongst our staff. We are committed to maintaining a workplace where our staff can achieve our company’s collective goals in a mutually supportive way.
- Clear, consistent and fair contracts of employment to all employees
- Benefits such as a pension scheme, private medical healthcare
- An employee of the quarter award to recognise outstanding performance
- A staff reward scheme for the introduction of new clients
- Various social events throughout the year
- Weekly staff e-bulletins
We recognise the importance of training and development to support career progression.
We are committed to providing a comfortable and safe physical environment in which to work. Comprehensive Health & Safety and Fire Safety Policies are in place. Risk assessments are carried out regularly and we have fire safety systems in place at all of our offices.
We are also committed to equality of opportunity in our recruitment and employment practices and we have an extensive equality & diversity policy and training in place.
Palmers is proud to be part of the Disability Confident movement of change which encourages businesses to think differently about disability and take action to improve how they recruit, retain and develop disabled people.