Corporate Social Responsibility
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Griffith Smith LLP has been established in Sussex since 1881 and we believe strongly in giving back to our local community, looking after our employees and our environment.
Charity of the year
Every year our staff throw themselves into supporting our chosen charity. In the past we’ve supported them by completing challenges such as: The Three Peaks, the Beachy Head Marathon and the Snowdogs by the Sea Selfie Challenge. All of which have raised vital funds for their respective charity.
We have decided that we will work with one local charity over a 2 year period and during 2020 through to 2022 we will supporting YMCA Downslink. Find out more below;
YMCA DownsLink Group offers a wide range of services to children, young people and families across Sussex and Surrey. The charity provide accommodation to over 750 young people every day and reach over 15,000 children through projects in the local community such as counselling, mentoring and mental health.
The YMCA Youth Advice Centre (YAC) in Brighton supports 1,700 young people in crisis every year by providing housing, mental health, finance and more.
Oasis Project is a substance misuse service for women and families in the heart of Brighton. They exist to support and empower women who have difficulties with drink or drugs to make positive changes in their lives.
The Clock Tower Sanctuary helps homeless young people (aged 16-25) in Brighton & Hove. It may come as a surprise to learn that the majority of homeless young people who come to The Clock Tower Sanctuary are homeless because of relationship breakdowns meaning they have nowhere to call ‘home’.
Brighton & Hove Impetus is a multi-award winning local charity. They help people who feel lonely or socially isolated because of age, disability or poor mental or physical health. Their mission is to connect people to reduce social isolation and improve health and wellbeing.
We have already started to work with these three charities and are looking forward to partnering with them over the coming months and helping to raise some vital funds.
Living wage campaign
We believe that our staff are our greatest asset and we’re accredited as a Living Wage Employer. The Living Wage is a voluntary commitment and is separate from the National Minimum Wage which employers are required to pay by law.
Our charity for 2018/19 was Martlets Hospice and we were delighted to take part in their Snailspace Campaign. We had such a great experience with their Snowdogs by the Sea campaign that we were one of the first to sign up and we named our snail ‘Paisley’. Click here to read more about Paisley and the campaign #BeMoreSnail. As part of our partnership we created a Selfie Challenge for local business and sponsors and over the two campaigns raised over £6,000 for Martlets Hospice.
Chailey Heritage Foundation
We supported Chailey Heritage Foundation and their D.R.E.A.M Centre Appeal in 2017/18 and helped the charity reach their target of £2.8 million. These funds have enabled them to build a new leisure and activity space at the school grounds.
Spinal Injuries Association
Every eight hours someone in the UK is told that they will never walk again due to the damage to their spinal cord. In August 2015 we completed the 3 Peaks Challenge and raised over £7,300 for the Spinal Injuries Association.
Sponsorship of Brighton Dome and Festival
We strongly believe in supporting our local community and are delighted to be part of such a high profile venue and event. It brings a great buzz to our offices and we believe in the adage that ‘art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time’.
Local community events
We feature in a number of local parish magazines and sponsor many local events throughout the year. As a firm with a long history in Sussex we take real pride being an active part of our community.
Diversity and culture
Our commitment to diversity has created a culture of inclusiveness at Griffith Smith LLP. We hire and promote our workforce regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability and economic backgrounds.
We carried out an equality and diversity survey of our employees during the summer of 2021. From the data that has been provided we have been able to determine that they fall into the various protected characteristic types as defined by the Equality Act 2010 (gender, age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, etc). In order to keep this information confidential and to minimise the risk of individual members of staff being identified by this data, we are unable to publish more specific details without breaching the Data Protection Act 2018.