Introducing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – what is it?
As a business, our operations and services have a major impact on our local community and environment. Via our interaction with employees, clients, suppliers and others we can make a real difference.
CSR means managing this impact so as to add value to the company and to increase wider economic and social well being, now and in the future. CSR not only offers us the chance to make a difference but we can also create local goodwill.
We at Tallents recognise that responsible business practice helps develop our personal and professional skills, helps broaden the perspectives of our employees and helps to reinforce a sense of local community.
For Tallents this means that we are conscious of our impact on our local communities and seek to enhance the economic and social environment on our doorsteps.
The Senior Solicitors have agreed to formalise CSR and Alistair Millar will be responsible for managing its development.
Benefits to our staff
Benefits to the community
Benefits to Tallents Solicitors
Current activity at Tallents
Tallents Solicitors considers the impact of the organisation’s activities on customers, employees, shareholders, communities and the environment in all aspects of its operations. We recognise that responsible business practice helps develop our personal and professional skills, helps broaden the perspectives of our employees and helps to reinforce a sense of local community.
This means that we are aware of our impact on our local communities and seek to enhance the economic and social environment on our doorsteps through responsible business management. This obligation is seen to extend beyond the statutory obligation to comply with legislation and sees our company voluntarily taking further steps to improve the quality of life for employees and their families as well as for the local community and society at large.
In the Community
Tallents’ commitment to the local communities it serves goes beyond just fund raising and making charitable donations. Our roots have been in Nottinghamshire for nearly 240 years and we believe that as a company we can create opportunities to help build vibrant and thriving communities as well as providing an excellent service to our clients.
Working in Partnership
Working in partnership with local community organisations and charities to invest via employee support, expertise, skills, cash donations, gifts in kind and linking brands to causes.
Building Educational Links
Tallents build local education links in the community via youth involvement.
– In July 2009, the Southwell Office leased part of its land for free to the Prebend Pre-school in Southwell for them to create an outdoor play area and sensory garden for the children, which they were lacking before. This meant the pre-school could offer outdoor and community activities to the children and improve its Ofsted rating.
In their 2011 Ofsted report, it was noted that there was: ‘positive change for (the) children. An example of this is the setting’s progress in developing a sensory garden and creation of a secure outdoor play area, increasing opportunities for physical play, fresh air, exercise and recognising that some children learn better outdoors.’ The report also stated: ‘Children’s health is well-promoted in the pre-school. Frequent opportunities are now provided for children to play outdoors and gain fresh air. The sensory garden offers increasing opportunities for children to explore the natural world. A group gather to plant and care for seeds ready for their garden centre project in the summer.’
– In 2009 Tallents began sponsoring and supporting the newly set up Newark Chess League. Aimed at boys and girls aged from 5 to 18 from primary schools across Newark and the surrounding area, the sponsorship allows the league to hold chess training lessons throughout the year and provide prizes for the children.
The league is growing year on year with Tallents’ help. We approached the Newark Chess League in 2009 and offered sponsorship because we knew it was a new initiative within the area and needed support from a local business to help raise its profile. For Tallents, it was an opportunity to encourage local children, both boys and girls from a range of age groups and a diversity of local schools, to take part in a game that is inexpensive, portable, and easy to learn. Tallents recognises that chess knows no bounds of age, gender, class, nationality or even ability. Novices can play experts. Children can play siblings, parents, grandparents or each other.
Chess also improves children’s developmental and academic performance, by enhancing learning strategies and literacy, comprehension and arithmetic skills, social behaviour, personal growth, decoding, thinking, comprehension, analysis and problem-solving skills. Sponsoring the Newark Chess League and helping it to grow across the locality fits perfectly with Tallents’ wider commitment to the community and its desire to help improve local educational standards.
– The company also annually sponsors the Young Farmers Section at the Newark and Nottinghamshire County Show.
Protecting the Vulnerable
Tallents always try to meet the needs of vulnerable clients and make sure they are not exploited.
Listening to Local Concerns
We listen and engage with the local community, public and voluntary sectors on matters of mutual concern.
Engaging employees in fundraising and charitable activities and supporting their efforts with matched funding.