SSQ believes that every business should take responsibility for the welfare of its employees, as well as recognising a moral duty to society.
We are committed to delivering, maintaining and expanding a consistent programme of assistance and contribution with the aim of improving society as a whole. We do this in a variety of ways:
- Sustainable sourcing and eco-friendly policies;
- Commitment to diversity and inclusion;
- Making an impact in the wider community through volunteering and charitable giving.
At SSQ, volunteering is an integral part of our CSR initiative. We have instigated a range of volunteering opportunities over the years, recognising that one of the biggest benefits to smaller charities is having someone give their time and energy to help. We ask all fee-earners and support staff to volunteer - everyone has a mutual obligation to give back to the community.
We regularly work with Smart Works, a UK based charity which helps out-of-work women on low incomes to further their professional and personal development. Our legal search professionals provide one-to-one interview training and tips to the charity’s clients to help them secure their next role. SSQ also works with Suited and Booted, a charity that helps men to increase their chances of securing a job by building self-esteem and providing interview clothing and training. Alongside our monthly charity partners, we have also recently volunteered our time with the below organisations:
- Fare Share
- Work and Play Scrapstore
At SSQ, we know the importance of funding within charities, however large or well-known they are. From hosting Macmillan coffee mornings to raising funds for Comic Relief, we are always finding ways to build on our charitable awareness and contribution across the business. SSQ has hosted various fundraising initiatives in 2018 including bake sales, raffles, sporting challenges and quizzes.
Our biggest fundraising endeavour for 2018 was the Three Peaks Challenge. An intrepid group of seven staff successfully completed the challenge in 24 hours and raised over £2,600 for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, our chosen charity of the year. We try to include new fundraising ideas in our CSR calendar every year, ensuring they are inclusive, fun and reflective of our corporate values.
SSQ has put in place further environmental awareness initiatives in 2018, building on our existing eco-friendly policies already in place:
Recycling: SSQ recycles everything possible, from our mixed dry recycling and our furniture to our electronic items. We are discerning when choosing our suppliers to ensure that they are ethical and do not use landfill as an option. We believe that recycling should be an integral policy throughout every office.
Less plastic policy: With recycling in mind, SSQ has instigated a reusable mug policy to reduce the use of disposable plastic coffee cups. SSQ has gifted all London staff an SSQ branded eco-friendly mug to ensure we are taking active steps to decrease our single use plastic.
We welcome ideas from across our workforce to encourage the management of our environmental footprint, and we aim to introduce further initiatives throughout 2019.
Charity of the year
SSQ endeavoured to complete the National Three Peaks challenge in 2018. An intrepid group of seven staff members from our London office took part to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, our chosen charity of the year. The charity raises money to enable the hospital to provide world class care and pioneering treatments and cures for childhood illnesses. A group of SSQ staff took a tour of the hospital to see the amazing work they do, and we could see exactly where our fundraising efforts would help. From innovative new equipment and medicines in departments and in laboratories to the hospital’s committed and talented workforce, GOSH is a beacon of support for all families with children going through tough times. It was a unanimous choice as our charity of the year.
We instigated a fundraising campaign over the course of 2018 for GOSH and we are very proud to say we have already raised over £2,600.