SSQ believes that every business should undertake a responsibility for the welfare of their employees as well as a moral duty to society.
We are committed to applying a consistent structure that looks to cover and improve society as a whole. This includes environmental benefits; through sustainability and eco-friendly policies, diversity and inclusion as well as making an impact in the wider community through volunteering our time, skills and expertise.
At SSQ, volunteering has been an integral part of our CSR initiative. We have instigated a range of volunteering opportunities over the years; knowing that the biggest asset to smaller charities is having someone give their time to them. With a varied mix of fee-earners and support staff, everyone has a mutual interest in giving back to our community.
We consistently work alongside Smart Works, a UK based charity where our legal search professionals provide one to one interview training to the charity's clients. Smart Works helps out-of-work women on low incomes to further their professional and personal development. SSQ also works with Suited and Booted, a charity that work alongside men to increase chances of employability by building self-esteem, providing interview clothing and training. Alongside our monthly charity partners, we have volunteered our time with the below organisations in the last few years:
- Work and Play Scrapstore
SSQ knows the importance and need for funding within charities, however large they are. From taking part in Macmillan coffee mornings to Comic Relief, we know how to incite and build upon our giving mentality across the business. SSQ has hosted various fundraising initiatives in 2018 from:
- Sporting challenges
Our biggest fundraising endeavour for 2018 was The Three Peaks Challenge. A group of seven staff successfully completed the challenge in 24 hours and raised over £2,600 for our chosen charity of the year, Great Ormond Street Hospital for children. We aim to include fundraising ideas in our CSR calendar every year ensuring they are inclusive, fun, reflective of our corporate values and create the best uptake to help the charities we work with.
Our awareness of the environment has hit an all-time high in 2018. With eco-friendly policies already in place, SSQ know that the smallest habitual change can give the maximum effect. We have built on these existing intiatives and introduced more in 2018:
Recycling: SSQ recycles everything from our mixed dry recycling and our furniture to our electronic items. We are overly conscious when choosing our suppliers to ensure that they are ethical and never use landfill as an option. We believe that recycling should be an integral and base policy throughout every office.
Less plastic policy: With recycling in mind, SSQ has instigated a reusable mug policy so we are reducing our use of plastic coffee cups on a daily basis. SSQ gifted all London staff an SSQ branded eco-friendly mug to ensure we’re decreasing our single use plastic.
We welcome ideas across our workforce to encourage our environmental footprint and look to introduce further initiatives throughout 2019.
Charity of the year
SSQ endeavoured to complete the National Three Peaks challenge in 2018. We had a group of seven staff members from our London office taking part to raise money for our chosen charity of the year, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. The charity raises money to enable the hospital to provide world class care and pioneering treatments and cures for childhood illnesses. Having taken a tour of the hospital to see the amazing work they do, we could see exactly where our fundraising efforts benefit. From the innovative new equipment, the laboratories and the workforce, the hospital is a beacon of support for all families with children going through tough times and it was a unanimous choice as our charity of the year.
We instigated a large fundraising campaign over the course of 2018 for GOSH and are very proud to say we raised over £2,600.