Having served the communities of Kent for over 230 years, we take pride in our historic roots. Through our Corporate Social Responsibility Policy, we continually seek ways of giving something back to those communities that have supported the firm, whether by raising funds for a local charity, pro-bono work or through our Charitable Foundation.
Charity of the Year
Members of staff vote annually to select a charity of the year, which will be the focus of our funding activity. At this point the CSR team set to work brainstorming new ideas to raise funds as well as social awareness for the chosen charity. The team organise various fundraising events during the course of the year, encouraging all staff to participate and enjoy the process. Since 2012 , over £40,000 has been raised by our dedicated staff for our selected charities in Kent by taking part in events such as British 10k runs, London to Brighton cycling events, Triathlons, fun quiz nights and dress down days.
Porchlight was selected by staff for the 2015 Charity of the Year. Porchlight is the Kent based charity providing support for vulnerable and homeless people in Kent and Croydon. We were again successful in raising over £10000 to enable Porchlight to continue their vital work.
For 2016 we have adopted two smaller charities, Slideaway and Echo as there was considerable support amongst the staff for both organisations. We will be aiming to raise over £10000 again in 2016 to be distributed between the two charities. We will also be looking to work closely with them offering volunteers as well as funds.
Whitehead Monckton Charitable Foundation
In addition to raising funds for our Charity of the Year, the firm established a Charitable Foundation in 2012 with the aim of making grants to local charities based mainly in and around Kent. The Trustees meet regularly to review applications for grants from the Foundation which range from £2,500 to £10,000 each with most grants being used for one off projects.
The Foundation benefits from the fantastic generosity of our clients who have donated funds during their lives or given legacies in their Wills. For further information on either donating or making an application to the Foundation, click on the link to WMCF
Our staff generously give their own time to support other local charities and pro-bono legal advice. Members of staff act as Trustees for a number of local charities such as:
We actively encourage our staff to provide suitable pro-bono advice, which they do both in and out of working hours. Our staff hold regular appointments at local Citizens Advice and law clinics for vulnerable members of the community seeking reassuring advice at a time of need.
In addition, a number of our staff act as a Governor for a number of local Kent schools. All these appointments enable us to support out local communities.
As part of our social responsibilities, our CSR team actively encourage the staff and management with ways to promote environmental awareness. This is achieved by small but meaningful changes in working patterns, such as turning off lights or monitor screens to recycling toners and shredded confidential waste. Our team are constantly reviewing how all three of our offices operate and how alternative ways can help reduce our impact on the environment.