Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Social Responsibility
We understand that corporate social responsibility starts from within. Therefore, we aim to support the following three pillars; the people who make us Taylor Walton, the environment in which we live and work, and the communities surrounding our offices.
Our unique talent, brought together by our People, is the key ingredient at Taylor Walton. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and foster an engaging and inclusive place to work. We offer flexible and hybrid working, allowing work to be a part of life that can be adapted to fit around life stages as may be required. It’s all about balance.
There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a colleague succeed. We have a strong track record of supporting individuals to realise their potential, be it through pursuing a professional qualification with financial support from the firm and time off to study, gaining increased confidence through a learning and development programme or charting a career path by taking different roles within the practice. Our people are experienced and trained in developing each colleague to succeed.
Our people have the opportunity to develop their expertise by being given early responsibility in their professional careers, direct exposure to increasingly complex client matters and to work with experienced legal professionals.
From planting trees, recycling single use plastic and batteries, to concerted efforts to use less paper we are committed to becoming a more sustainable workplace.
In 2022, we launched our ‘grow our own’ tree planting initiative. We have planted over 100 trees across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, which is a clear step in our sustainability plan while marking and celebrating our colleagues’ annual promotions and exam successes. Our plan is to increase the number of trees we plant each year.
We have invested heavily in a series of technology updates over the past 18 months has helped us to significantly decrease the amount of printing and paper usage across the business by 35.7% in the last few years.
We actively recycle paper and plastic across all of our offices.
Investment in new energy efficient lighting has reduced our carbon consumption in our Luton office. Plans are in place to covert lighting in our St Albans and Harpenden offices to further decrease our energy consumption.
As part of our plans to reduce our carbon footprint, we offer the government cycle-to-work scheme and are looking into providing electric car charging points at our offices.
As a firm that has been present in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire for several decades, supporting the local community is a priority for us. Over the last 5 years, we are proud to have raised over £20,000 for local causes. Some of the charities we have supported are:
We are currently supporting three amazing local charities with the fundraising initiatives being coordinated by our employee led Charity Champions. The charities we are working with are:
Earthworks (St Albans)
Earthworks supports people with learning disabilities, alongside volunteers, to manage 3.5 acres of beautiful eco-gardens in St Albans, through the practice of social and therapeutic horticulture.
Noah Enterprise (Luton)
NOAH Enterprise is a charity that seeks to help the most disadvantaged in the local community. Particularly, it is concerned with providing a practical, empowering and caring service to people who are homeless particularly those who are temporary or entrenched rough sleepers, are marginalised and socially excluded, or have simply fallen into poverty.
The Harpenden Trust (Harpenden)
The Harpenden Trust helps Harpenden people in need, individually and collectively.
As a firm, we offer each employee ½ a day annually out of the office to volunteer at one of our chosen charities.
Our Charity Champions
Taylor Walton Scholarship and Mentoring in association with the University of Hertfordshire
For over 15 years, we have provided a financial contribution to support a Law student through their studies at Hertfordshire University with a scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to the top-performing second-year student in the Property Law module. The scholarship is competitive. The process includes academic assessment, panel interview and a presentation. We are pleased to have recently joined the University Law School mentoring scheme.
These initiatives are thoroughly rewarding knowing that we have given so many students a helping hand for their onward careers in law.
We are involved with a number of schools in our local area; attending events to support students with their career choices, through charitable donations, as well as a number of our Partners and employees being school governors.
Several of our team volunteer for different charities and organisations. Just two examples of this are:
Olive McCarthy, Partner and Arbitrator in our Family Law Department has for more than 22 years supported families and individuals with free legal advice. This is focussed on family matters, through regular monthly sessions at three different Citizens Advice centres across the region.
Recognising a growing need to help keep estranged families connected, in 2008 Olive applied for and was granted a National Lottery award to help her set up the Hertford Contact Centre which is an accredited centre under National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC).
The NACCC is the only UK charity dedicated to providing safe spaces where children can meet the parent they don’t live with. The organisation oversees around 350 contact centres across the UK, which are run by a network of nearly 3,000 dedicated volunteers, just like Olive.
Olive was recognised for her tremendous contribution by winning the Hertfordshire Law Society Community Engagement Award.
Emily Waddell, our Marketing Manager is a volunteer Director at the St Albans Chamber of Commerce. She is responsible for organising regular networking events, specifically supporting young professionals in the region to develop skills and a professional network on which to develop their careers.
In 2023, we were delighted to support the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire’s Entrepreneurs Challenge by offering free legal advice to the winners of the award. It is fantastic for our team to support keen and promising businesses to succeed.
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