As a firm, Lewis Silkin LLP is committed to achieving the highest standards of corporate responsibility. We wish to act in the best interests of our people, clients and the wider community. We are committed to the principles of good corporate governance, ethical, environmental and social responsibility.
We have broad support for CSR, Sustainability and Diversity and Inclusion across our organisation and from senior management. Lucy Lewis sits on our Strategy Board to ensure these matters are included in our long-term business planning. Partners Sam Pennington and Jo Evans lead our CSR Committee and Diversity Board, both grassroots groups working across the organisation to implement positive changes. In early 2020 we created and recruited for a new CSR and Sustainability Executive role – the first of its kind at the firm – to enable us to advance our responsible business agenda further.
We promote Diversity and Inclusion across our firm, the wider legal profession and our supply chain. We have been accredited Living Wage employers since 2012 and pay all of our people, including contracted workers, a living wage based on the real costs of living. We have taken steps to assess and manage any risks of Modern Slavery within our supply chain. We have adopted a Modern Slavery Policy and Supplier Code of Conduct and request all significant suppliers to implement the principles in the Policy and Code relating to forced labour and to impose the principles on their respective suppliers.
We are committed to taking action to address the climate emergency and to reducing our environmental impacts. In 2020 we undertook our first carbon audit to gain an accurate measurement of our carbon emissions across all five of our offices. We are committed to reducing our emissions and becoming net zero carbon by April 2023. We are members of the Legal Sustainability Alliance and have pledged to source all electricity for our UK offices from 100% renewable energy sources by 2025.
We know that our people are our greatest asset and provide plenty of opportunities for them to put their skills to good use to support non-profits and local communities. We actively encourage and facilitate involvement in pro bono for all our legal teams and invite everyone across the firm to get involved in our social impact activities. These include working with schools and charities to promote social mobility and quality education, or fundraising for our firm charity partners, currently Alzheimer’s Research UK and XLP.
At Lewis Silkin we use an award-winning employee engagement platform, Peakon, to gather feedback from our people on an ongoing basis. We have worked hard to build a culture where people can talk openly, safe in the knowledge that they’ll be met with support and understanding. We launched our This Place Minds initiative in 2019 to support our colleagues’ mental health and to help other organisations foster workplaces that enhance mental wellbeing. All our people are also entitled to access our free Employee Assistance Programme and on-site counsellor.
We align our responsible business work to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a set of 17 interconnected goals to support people, planet and prosperity, and build a more sustainable future for all. Lewis Silkin is committed to working towards achieving the goals by 2030.
Find out more about our social impact initiatives, pro bono work or environmental commitments using the links on the right. You can also find a list of our CSR and Sustainability highlights from the 2019-20 financial year in our most recent CSR and Sustainability Report.
For more information about corporate responsibility at Lewis Silkin, please contact Penny Newman or Sam Pennington.