Corporate Social Responsibility

Our values known as the ‘SPIRIT’ of Paris Smith (service; professionalism; integrity; respect; innovation and trust) are the foundations of our relationships and the way we do business.

Our Commitment

Paris Smith is proud of the region in which we live and work. Through collaboration with key stakeholders in the public, private and voluntary sectors, we shall continue to play our part to create a legacy for the region so that our communities continue to thrive for future generations. We actively participate in:

Charitable giving

Each year we have a charity of the year, selected by the staff and partners, for which it raises funds through a variety of activities and events.

Our Charity for 2021/2022  is Piam Brown (children’s cancer and haematology) ward at Southampton General Hospital.

Supporting our community

Our staff are involved in all kinds of community ventures – from acting as charity trustees and school governors through of holding non-executive roles with local enterprise partnerships.

As a firm, we are involved with several community projects. We also have our own Charity Forum which is  a free platform for charities to share best practice and experiences.

Supporting local business & economic prosperity

We work with a number of regional business groups to help promote and create opportunities for local businesses and the people who run them by helping protect trade and drive forward economic prosperity in the regions in which we operate.

Community projects

Below are examples of the current projects we are involved in. We support our community through charitable activity, sponsorship’s and pro bono work.

Patrons of the Saints Foundation

Patrons of the Saints Foundation

Saints Foundation if the charity of Southampton Football Club. They use the power and passion of the club to transform lives in and around Southampton, helping people fulfil their potential to be more involved, healthier and empowered members of the community.

The Knight’s Foundation – Teddy Bear Appeal

The Knight’s Foundation – Teddy Bear Appeal

The Teddy Bear Appeal was launched to raise funds to give children within our community the opportunity to have a family break in a fully accessible holiday lodge.

The Knight’s Foundation’s adapted lodge gives children with disabilities and terminal illnesses, along with their families, the opportunity to go away on a short break in their amazing 3 bedroom luxurious lodge, situated in the New Forest’s Shorefield Holiday Park.

The Handlebar Cafe

The Handlebar Cafe

The idea for the Handlebar Cafe came from a group of local teenagers involved in a project called SPUD Youth. These young people, interested in architecture and place-making, developed designs for a new cycle cafe for Winchester, partly inspired by the creation of a new cycle route through Winchester, crossing the magnificent Hockley Viaduct.

The Mayflower Theatre

The Mayflower Theatre

Our partnership with The Mayflower Theatre spans more than 30 years. It is just one of sports and arts community projects that we have committed to supporting.

Winchester Poetry Festival

Winchester Poetry Festival

Paris Smith have always supported the arts in and around Winchester and we’re thrilled to sponsor the poetry prize again this year. It’s so important for local businesses to support arts and culture events, especially at this difficult time; they are key to the community.

Havant & Waterlooville Football Club

Havant & Waterlooville Football Club

We are proud to support Havant & Waterlooville with their community projects; providing free pitch hire for local schools, clubs, groups and charities and employing a designated Community Officer to provide sports coaching.

Other activities

We are committed to supporting the charity sector as we work so closely with many charities.  We also have an environmental committee, who work to reduce our environmental impact.

Paris Smith Charity Forum

The Paris Smith Charity Forum is a free platform where Chief Executives and Trustees can share their challenges with peers and professionals. Members can enjoy free training/webinars on topics chosen by our members; attend a bi-annual conference and have access to our “Connect” facility. A member can raise an issue with knowledgeable and supportive people, all of whom have first-hand knowledge of the third sector.

Reducing our environmental impact

We are committed to minimising our impact on the local, national and global environment. We encourage collaboration and working in partnership with other businesses which share our values and sustainability commitments. We are committed to:

  • Raising environmental awareness when making business decisions
  • Using energy and water in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner
  • Using environmentally sound and sustainable resources across our supply chain
  • Recycling to minimize the quantity of waste material
  • Providing our employees with a safe, hygienic and comfortable working environment

Our Environmental Committee is responsible for recommendations and processes to reduce the firm’s impact on the environment. Our achievements include:

  • In 2017 our carbon footprint was 1.5 tCO2e per staff member (down from 2.17 the previous year), according to Greenstone Carbon Management. This provides us with a measure to benchmark our progress with ongoing carbon reduction strategies. Our main Southampton office uses geothermal heated water, an environmentally friendly substitute for gas, supplied by the Southampton District Energy Scheme (SDES) operated by ENGIE.
  • In the past, we have been recognised by the Sustainable Business Partnership for a Sustainable Business award. The commendation on the award reads “In recognition of excellence in the field of economic, social and environmental sustainability as a part of the firm’s business model, and for being an inspiration to other businesses in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight“.

The Firm has signed up to the principles of the Legal Sustainability Alliance, a Law Society group of leading law firms taking positive action on climate change by measuring, reducing and reporting on their carbon footprint.

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