IRLA’s culture and ethos, driven by its membership means that we take our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) very seriously, and this along with pro bono work from the directors and committees are an important commitment for sharing knowledge and networking across all of our membership firms.
It goes without saying that every board and committee member works pro bono for the association and we cannot thank them all enough. Our speakers and trainers, in the main are also working pro bono and they donate this time in the shared belief that knowledge shared is knowledge for the benefit of all. Our charitable support tends toward UK based and operated charities where our fund raising comes in direct response to a request for support. As a not for profit mutual the IRLA board does not feel that it can commit members funds to any long term relationship and therefore we limit our involvement to certain fund raising events.
Our CSR programme, which is overseen by Deputy Chairman, Jenny Fair (responsible for communication) is managed by Leslie-Ann Giovnilli at Secretariat, extends to:
We will foster an inclusive working environment where difference is embraced and where people feel valued and respected. We incorporate equality into our core objectives, making every effort to eliminate discrimination, create equal opportunities and develop good working relationships between different people.
We offer support and training on a pro bono basis, to a range of students and other not-for-profit organisations, as well as government employees. This may include:
The Board which meets on a regular basis also consider suggestions for projects the association should support. Suggestions from members have been accepted and acted upon.
Our charitable support is driven by personal request from either a member or directly from a charity. Support is provided by individual teams taking part in fundraising activities or by specific activities at association events run by our Secretariat team.
Some of our directors and members are also participants on charity boards. IRLA acts as a conduit for our charity partners to broadcast their success, raise funds and by creating our own following a fund raising event.
We are committed to recycling within our Secretariat office. We are consistently recycling over 90% of the waste collected, which is not burnt or sent to landfill. In addition, all the paper we use in the printers is FSC approved and thus sourced responsibly. We have a number of green initiatives around the use and re-use of computer and printing equipment, including night-time shut-down and the recycling of old equipment with local charities.