Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
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 Jenny Fair and Development Director Leslie-Ann Giovnilli extends to the aspects shown to the right and below.
Diversity, Equality & Inclusion
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. This inclusion extends to the neural diverse as well as the typical.
IRLA Code of Conduct
The IRLA Board believe that an important principle of leadership is to set a positive example regarding fair and ethical behaviour, and that IRLA members will respond positively in their own behaviours based on what they see of the Board’s conduct. The Board pledge to treat all members with courtesy and ask the same in return. The Board also asks that members treat fellow members and Association/AMS staff with respect, without aggression, abuse or harassment.
Association Directors and Association/AMS staff have the right to perform their duties and to assist others without fear of being assaulted,
threatened, verbally abused or discriminated against. Any actions, unintentional or otherwise, whether physical or verbal (including threatening or abusive language made in person, over the telephone or in written communication), which cause members, Directors or Association/AMS staff to feel threatened, uncomfortable or embarrassed are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
A single incident can amount to harassment and will be treated seriously. Any reported act or threat of physical or verbal abuse, or discrimination will be reported to the member’s employer with details of the incident.
Pro bono and legacy community training
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:
- Working with students to research their dissertations and supporting their search for funding
- Enabling students to have access to specialist re/insurance related training at no cost
- Acting as mentors and referees as well as providing ‘soft skills’ experience
- Arranging day release and placement work for legal students
- Charitable programmes
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.
Raising funds for charities
IRLA is a proud supporter of charitable causes, each year the board members are asked to select a charity for IRLA to support. As a not for profit, IRLA keeps its donation budget to around £500 pa, but appeals to its members to further support the chosen cause.
Twice a year, at our members dinners, we encourage members to bring along £10 to join in a game with the chance of winning a great prize and to raise funds for charity.
We hope that in 2023, with your support, we can continue to make a difference. Guide Dogs – JustGiving
If you have any ideas to raise funds or wish to donate please contact us.
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.
If you have any questions or queries on CSR matters please contact email@example.com in the first instance.
The IRLA Board believe that an important principle of leadership is to set a positive example regarding fair and ethical behaviour, and that IRLA members will respond positively in their own behaviours based on what they see of the Board’s conduct. To this end we have drawn up these Corporate Social Responsibility aims.