solicitously mindful: careful about one’s behaviour.
At Philip Lee, we believe that our Corporate Social Responsibility programme gives us an opportunity to adopt a more careful, attentive approach to our staff and to the wider community where we work.
It also allows us to focus on our approach to the evolving nature of social and global challenges such as climate change and migration.
Our CSR programme centres on our community and our environment.
We have always been an outward looking firm. Perhaps it comes from our origins as European law specialists. One of the first commitments we made to assist other communities was our support for the trade charity Connect Ethiopia, set up by one of the firm’s partners. For some associates who organised Rule of Law seminars in Addis Ababa, it was a unique learning experience.
Pro bono work
Closer to home we are more than happy to give our time and expertise to helping individuals, charities and non-profit organisations using our legal skills. We provide ongoing support to the Public Interest Law Alliance which is an initiative of the Free Legal Aid Centre.
We have had a very successful partnership with the parkrun community initiative over many years. This fits very well with our firm ethos and emphasis on encouraging fitness and wellbeing.
This year we are delighted to team up with the National College of Ireland (NCI) in the Dublin Docklands to support their Early Learning Initiative. This community-based programme addresses differences in language and maths development that research now shows, can be apparent at three years of age.
Our volunteer teams are helping a nearby school with Literacy and Numeracy programmes and enjoying lots of engagement as well as being challenged themselves with tricky quiz questions!
Our staff enthusiastically support a wide variety of volunteering and fundraising activities.
One rather unusual but very popular initiative is Techies4TempleStreet where Philip Lee is a Gold Partner. Our competitive teams join over 1,600 members of the Irish tech and business communities and take to the streets of Dublin for a unique treasure trail, combining outdoor activities with digital media challenges. It is all in the very good cause of helping the lives of sick children across Ireland.
We participate in the annual Calcutta Run in association with the Law Society of Ireland in aid of charities GOAL and the Peter McVerry Trust.
We have also regularly sponsored and taken part in Run in the Dark. This unique night time run supports the Mark Pollock Trust’s mission to cure paralysis in our lifetime.
The firm has always placed a high priority on sustainability. We actively encourage greater use of travel by foot, bicycle and public transport.
This year we are focusing on really strengthening our environmental strategy. We want to minimise negative impacts and are planning new initiatives such as reducing single use plastic, to engage the firm and encourage people to act now.
We are examining better ways to re-use and recycle, better ways to become more resource efficient and to lower our carbon footprint. There is great enthusiasm for the journey ahead.