Corporate Social Responsibility Policy

Our policy

At Mercers, our corporate social responsibility is of great importance to us.  We know that it is vital that we as a local firm take these responsibilities to the local area and the wider public community seriously.

We believe that it is key that we are involved in our local community, supporting local causes and events wherever we can.

As a firm, we have a CSR policy which we adhere to.  Our policy is not only to support the development and improvement of the quality of life of our employees but also to recognise the importance of being involved in the local community.  We strive to protect and enhance the environment in any way we can.

To support our local area we use where practical local businesses and suppliers to provide us with goods and services such as printing, maintenance, marketing merchandise and many more vital areas that keep our firm running smoothly.

The firm belongs to and actively supports the local Henley Business Partnership, meeting once a month with other local business people to share ideas, and one of our solicitors, Sarah Crowther, founded a monthly walking club for Henley Business Partnership members, known as “net-walking”, which has proved very popular.

Fundraising and Sponsorship

On the fundraising and charity front, the firm supports both local and national causes as well as providing sponsorship to local events and groups.

We are the main sponsor of the Henley House and Garden Show.  The event displays many local businesses as well as raising money for the Chiltern Centre for Disabled Children.

We have also been the main sponsor of the annual Bollywood evening at local restaurant Spice Merchant, which in 2017 raised over £4,000 for the Chiltern Centre for Disabled Children.

Every year we present the Mercers Cup at the Henley Show, of which we are sponsors.

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Our charity partner for the years 2020 and 2021 is The Charlie Waller Trust.  We will support the Charlie Waller Trust’s vision of a world where people understand and talk openly about depression, where young people know how to maintain wellbeing, and where the most appropriate treatment is available to everyone who needs it.

The Charlie Waller Trust, based in Berkshire, was set up by Sir Mark and Lady Waller, in memory of their son Charlie, who sadly took his own life whilst suffering from depression. To the outside world Charlie Waller had everything to live for, a successful career, good friends and a loving family. In September 1997 Charlie took his own life at the age of 28. He was suffering from depression and no longer had the strength to cope with life. Shortly after this tragic event his family founded The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.

Money raised by Mercers will enable Charlie Waller Trust to provide education and training to primary health care and other professionals, in identifying and supporting those with depression as well as offering training and self-help resources to universities and colleges to promote resilience and mental wellbeing.

Paul Stott, Managing Partner at Mercers said…

“Supporting good mental health is tremendously important, and so we are delighted to have the Charlie Waller Trust as our charity partner this year.  We are looking forward to raising funds for them so they may continue their excellent work promoting mental wellbeing among young people in educational establishments, the work place and elsewhere.”

From January 2020, Mercers will fundraise in support of The Charlie Waller Trust with our first main event being The Reading Half Marathon. 5 Members of our staff will be running the 13.1mile route through Reading town centre. If you would like to view their JustGiving page or donate, please click here. All events and fundraising announcements will be posted on our website, under corporate social responsibility.

For further information on the Charlie Waller Trust, please visit their website here.

In the past the firm has supported a different charity quarterly and over 2019, we raised money by holding Book and Bake sales and raffles for charities such as; Guide Dogs For The Blind, Cancer Research, Hearing Dogs For The Deaf and the British Heart Foundation.

One of our partners, Peter Hopkins completed the London Marathon in 2018, raising over £3,000 for the local Sue Ryder hospice and the partnership at Mercers were proud to be his main sponsors.

Environment

The firm is always looking for ways to reduce its carbon footprint and to reduce waste, recycling where possible.

We have recycling bins in every office and recycle all of our used printer toners and cartridges.

We encourage staff to consider how they can minimise their impact on the environment asking them to turn lights and equipment off when not needed and print double-sided where possible.

We try to minimise the necessity for staff to travel by organising onsite training through Webinars and the use of Conferencing facilities.

Our environmental policy is reviewed each year and we are constantly looking for ways to be more environmentally friendly.