Corporate Social Responsibility

Our culture has always reflected our core values of putting our clients first and delivering the right solutions, but our on-going mission is to keep corporate responsibility at the heart of our growing business. We aim to manage the impact of our business on people, suppliers, communities, clients and the environment.

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To achieve this, we look for ways where we can make a positive influence in the communities where we work. We also seek to minimise our environmental footprint and to provide a professional and supportive workplace for our colleagues to work, enabling us to deliver the best possible service to our clients.

Our comprehensive Corporate Social Responsibility plan aims to contribute to a sustainable future, focussing on four pillars – Charities, Clients, Environment and People.

Charities

Smith & Williamson has a rich tradition of voluntary work and charitable giving. We focus our donations to smaller organisations where our help will make a meaningful difference.

We want to share the good work we do with everyone across the firm and continue to support our people in contributing to charities and their communities. We do this in a variety of ways, in particular by promoting volunteering and making donations to charities in recognition of activities staff do in their own time.

Clients

As a leading financial and professional services firm and employer, we believe it is vital to act responsibly and with the utmost integrity in all our dealings both within the company and in our external relationships.

As part of our on-going commitment and focus on corporate responsibility, we have become a signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The principle aim of PRI is to build a more sustainable financial future for clients and business according to ethical, environmental, social and governance factors.

Environment

We are committed to minimising our impact on the environment by measuring and managing our environmental footprint in respect of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, plastic consumption and reducing waste. Aided by Carbon Clear, we calculate our GHG emissions and make changes to reduce our carbon footprint. Measures we’ve taken include: the introduction of smart metering, investing in energy efficient lighting and equipment, and promoting our cycle to work scheme.

We also recognise the importance of reducing waste. We have removed all plastic cups from all offices, and reduced our waste going to landfill by enhancing our recycling initiatives.

People

We are dedicated to encouraging diversity and wellbeing at Smith & Williamson, led by our Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Employee Assistance Programme. We have signed up to the Women in Finance Charter, and the EY Smart Futures programme giving people from disadvantaged background work experience. It is essential that our workforce is engaged, motivated and diverse, with a wide range of backgrounds, skills and experience.

We are also committed to being a living wage employer and ensure that all our contractors are paid as such. We are also committed to ensuring our business and supply chains are free from slavery or human trafficking, and we continue to be a signatory to the Modern Slavery Act.

Key facts

  • Between 2016 and 2018, we reduced our total CO2 emissions by 359 tonnes.
  • Our Moorgate office recycles 70% of day-to-day waste, well above London average of 30%
  • Our waste is taken to an Energy from Waste facility, which turns it into clean energy
  • For every fruit basket in our office, one fruit tree is planted in Malawi. 99% of each fruit basket is eco-friendly