Corporate Social Responsibility - Palmers Solicitors
Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility

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.

We provide:

  • 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.

Timeline

2024
May 17th
May 17th

Palmers Solicitors were proud to support Dementia Action Week by running a fantastic prize draw in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. We are delighted to announce that we raised an incredible £2,155 including Gift Aid! This money will go a long way in helping to make a difference in the lives of so many people living with dementia

March 27th
March 27th

We undertook MHFA England®’s training as part of our ongoing commitment to the mental health and wellbeing of our staff. Our aim is to ensure that every member of our team feels safe and supported in the workplace.

March 25th
March 25th

We are proud to have sponsored the Rochford Hundred Rugby Club’s Mini’s 2024 Festival Tour! The event took place over the weekend, and we were delighted to be involved once again in our local community!

March 8th
March 8th

We attended the Changing Pathways International Women’s Day Afternoon Tea! The event was held at Ye Old Plough House in Brentwood and raised an amazing amount of money for charity. Our amazing team members Sarah Dowie, Ivana Sidey, Erin Duffy, Laura Stock, and Farah Mahfooz attended to represent Palmers, donating a bottle of Moet Chandon, an Echo Dot, and a box of toiletries for the raffle!

March 6th
March 6th

We have been named ‘SME of the Year’ at the Rochford District Business Awards! As proud members of our community, we are proud to have achieved such a prestigious award.

2023
December 15th
December 15th

Continuing the seasonal spirit, we raised £289.22 for the Polly Parrot Appeal and Rayleigh Town Museum with our Christmas Anything Day and raffle. Getting inspired, the team sported a range of Christmas jumpers, hair accessories, jewellery and pyjamas – even a few festive Grinches embraced the season with some creative costumes.

December 14th
December 14th

The Christmas spirit certainly came to Rayleigh on 14 December, when our annual carol concert saw a fantastic turnout, with 130 guests and a special appearance from our charity partner, Polly Parrot. With performances from Lucy Bailey and the Aveley & Newham Brass Band – alongside plenty of seasonal refreshments – we raised £325 for the Polly Parrot Appeal and Rayleigh Town Museum.

November 30th
November 30th

We attended the Rayleigh Christmas light switch-on! In aid of the Polly Parrot Childrens Appeal – Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals Charity Parrot Appeal and Rayleigh Town Museum, we collected donations of £120.70.

November 3rd
November 3rd

Reflecting our long-standing support for the Essex Wildlife Trust, we celebrated our 40th anniversary in line with our environmental pledge and going even greener. Our team came together on 3 November 2023 at Langdon Nature Discovery Park to plant 40 trees to reaffirm our commitment to environmental working practices and the local community.

October 6th
October 6th

We were privileged to sponsor an award at the 1476 (Rayleigh) Squadron RAF Cadet mess night! Celebrating and honouring Amelia, the deserving winner of the Most Improved Cadet of the Year Award, presented by Erin and Helen. It was an inspiring evening where we witnessed the dedication of these young cadets and their leaders.

September 2023
September 2023

During World Alzheimer’s Month, we challenged ourselves to collectively walk 60 miles to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society…We’re pleased to announce that we smashed our goal and walked over 164 miles for this incredible charity! Despite World Alzheimer’s Month being over, the fight to raise awareness and challenge the stigma surrounding Alzheimer’s disease never ends.

September 10th
September 10th

Colin Adamson, will be taking part in the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance’s Motorcycle Run on 10th September. Essex & Herts Air Ambulance are a life-saving Charity kept airborne thanks to generous donations alone. We would welcome any donations here.

20 May
20 May

On Saturday, 20th May 2023, a team from Palmers Solicitors will be taking part in the World Cup-on-Sea, a 32 team, 7-a-side football tournament being played on Southend United’s home pitch at the iconic Roots Hall Stadium. The event will raise much needed funds for HARP. We would welcome any donations here.

April 2023
April 2023

We were delighted to hand over a cheque for £867.35 to Basildon Hospital in support of our official charity, the Polly Parrot Appeal, which raises additional funds for the children’s wards and baby unit. The money was donated by Palmers for each completed client feedback questionnaire we received.

24 February
24 February

On behalf of Palmers, Gemma Bell and Kimberley Portas, visited Basildon Hospital to handed over a cheque for £1,392.63, to help support the fantastic work of the Polly Parrot charity. The money was raised through various initiatives including the staff ‘Christmas Anything’ Day in December, a number of generous client donations and money donated by the firm for each client satisfaction questionnaire completed.

2022
20 December
20 December

We were pleased to sponsor the prizes for the best festive window displays in Rayleigh with hampers for the deserving winners. Congratulations to: – Lovely Libby’s in the Commercial category – The Spread Eagle in the Public House category – St Luke’s in the Charity category

19 December
19 December

Our annual Christmas Anything Day was well supported by our staff who each paid £2 to wear Christmas attire. We also held a festive raffle across our four offices and raised a total of £216.80 in aid of our official charity, the Polly Parrot Appeal, which supports the children’s wards at Basildon and Thurrock hospitals.

8 December
8 December

Our annual carol concert at Holy Trinity Church, Rayleigh raised nearly £300 for our two official charities – the Polly Parrot Appeal for the children’s wards at Basildon and Thurrock hospitals, and Rayleigh Town Museum. The concert included performances of classic Christmas hits from local singer, Lucy Bailey, and readings from children at Rayleigh Primary School who were the winners of our annual poetry competition.

7 December
7 December

Once again, we teamed up with Rayleigh Primary School, to sponsor their annual poetry competition. Aspiring poets from years one to six were invited to pen Christmas-themed verses, with prizes on offer for the top three in each of years one and two, three and four, and five and six. Congratulations to all the winning poets!

1 December
1 December

Here at Palmers, we are proud to support the Essex Wildlife Trust, a charity we have backed for the last 27 years. This month, we have appeared in their Winter 2022 magazine, discussing our commitment to the environment. Read now