CSR

Corporate social responsibility

How we make a difference

"The approach to CSR at Forsters reflects our belief that we have a collective responsibility to be good members of our community. Through a range of CSR activities our staff are able to make a difference by helping others and they have great fun at the same time."

Christine Dubignon – Partner and Head of the Forsters' Charity Committee

  • Sustainability

    Forsters has been a carbon neutral company since 2007 and we are actively working to reduce our carbons emissions, through the Achilles Carbon Reduce programme.

  • St Andrew's Club and our community

    We hold regular fundraising and engagement events with our partner charity, St Andrew’s Club, as well as a Lunch Club for refugees with a local chapel and those without recourse to public funds, and a reading scheme with our local primary school.

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

    We have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, we are part of the LeGalBesT network, NOTICED network, and we are a signatory to the Halo Code. We have recently launched an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy, which outlines our commitments for the next two years.

Overview

The firm has a long history of engaging in CSR and pro bono work. Through our CSR and pro bono activities we encourage sustainability, promote diversity and support charitable causes, community activities and individuals. We encourage all members of the firm to participate in CSR and pro bono work, and there are many ways to get involved.
CSR at Forsters comprises Charity and Community, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Sustainability and Pro Bono initiatives.

 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Valuing the individual

Forsters recognises and appreciates that no two people are the same. We are working hard to break down barriers and encourage and embrace people’s differences so that Forsters is an environment where every individual can flourish, with equal access to opportunities for professional development and personal growth. We have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which is supporting the delivery of our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy, and support networks which focus on Disability, Faith, Gender, LGBTQ+, Race, Social Mobility, and Working Parents and Carers.


Sustainability

Caring for the environment

We are committed to achieving a sustainable and healthy working environment. The principles of sustainability are integrated into our business practices and reflected in our policies and decision making. We are dedicated to minimising our environmental footprint through reducing our carbon emissions and material consumption, recycling as much of our waste as possible and encouraging other sustainable behaviours. The firm’s sustainability work is led by our Green Impact Group and Sustainability Board. We were shortlisted for the LexisNexis award for sustainability in 2020.


Charity and Community

Getting involved in our community

We have a number of initiatives that enable members of the firm to engage with the community close to our offices and support causes they are interested in. We regularly hold fundraising and engagement events with our firm charity, St Andrew’s Club, a youth club that has been running for over 150 years based in Westminster. We run a Lunch Club for refugees and those without recourse to public funds in conjunction with Grosvenor Chapel, and we run a reading scheme with St George’s Primary School, Hanover Square. Staff are also encouraged to take a CSR Day and use one day each year volunteering with a charitable initiative of their choice, and our Charitable Trust responds to a wide range of requests from clients and staff each year. Our Charity and Community Group coordinate our community initiatives.


Pro bono

Sharing our legal expertise

We engage in a variety of pro bono activities. Many of our lawyers share their legal expertise assisting small charities and volunteering at legal advice centres. We also work with Chancery Lane Project and Solace Women’s Aid.