We seek to sustain a business that is successful and respected in its ethical standing by our stakeholders. These include employees and partners, clients, regulators, suppliers, and the community. We embrace the role our business plays on a day-to-day basis in contributing to a better society and are committed to ensuring that our business is conducted according to rigorous ethical, professional, and legal standards governed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and other overseeing bodies.
Our employees, clients, and suppliers
For our staff members, we provide them with a competitive and thriving employment environment with the opportunity to develop and advance within our organisation. Each of our staff members is responsible for ensuring that any contact with our clients, suppliers and the general public reflects professionalism, respect, efficiency, integrity, and honesty.
We regard our suppliers as partners and endeavour to work closely with them in order to help us achieve an efficient and transparent Corporate Social Responsibility supply chain programme.
Within the communities where we operate, we strive to be good citizens, recognising our responsibility to work in partnership with local organisations. We are committed to providing support within the community through time as well as making direct financial contributions. The company has conducted pro-bono work for Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and Leicestershire Pro-help.
Education within local communities is of paramount importance, and we seek to support education providers and schools in low-income areas to break down the barriers to entering law and increase social mobility within the profession.
For a number of years, we have provided work experience opportunities to local students so that they can gain an insight into working for a law firm and we work closely with Nottingham Law School, offering employer advice. Nelsons also provide a prize and work experience for the part-time LPC with De Montfort University, and we proudly sponsor Nottingham Law School’s annual Mooting competition and the First Years Tort Moot at Nottingham University, providing both competitions with a financial contribution as well as a fee earner to judge the moot.
Staff members are also encouraged to participate in community activities, ranging from non-executive directorships of public bodies to school and college governorships.
Our nominated office charities
In line with our company charity strategy, employees are invited to nominate local charities which they wish to support on an annual basis.
We then hold fundraising events during the year for these organisations, which have recently included exercise team challenges, bake sales and competitions, raffles, and social media campaigns.
Our nominated charities for the forthcoming year are:
Nelsons supports and works with Leicestershire Cares, a charity that provides volunteering opportunities for companies looking to get involved with communities in Leicestershire and Rutland.
We were recognised for our ongoing commitment to the charity at the 2017 Leicestershire Cares Awards Evening. Through our commitment to the charity, we have:
- Helped transform the walls of Highfields Adventure Playground in Leicester;
- Painted and renovated the hall at the Centre Project, which is used to help homeless, single, vulnerable, and socially isolated people;
- Assisted with several Christmas wrapping challenges for Toys on the Table;
- Provided support to local school children in practising job interview techniques;
- Helped to give the Redgate Farm Animal Sanctuary, in Markfield, Leicestershire, a garden makeover; and
- Decorated a residents’ lounge at Vista’s Kathleen Rutland care home, in Leicester Forest East.
Our objective is to reduce our impact on the environment through a commitment to continual improvement. We recognise that our business activities have varying direct and indirect impacts on the society and environment in which we operate. We endeavour to manage these in a responsible manner and are committed to continually reviewing our Corporate Social Responsibility programme in order to ensure its effectiveness.
We are committed, amongst other initiatives, to:
- Efficient printing
- Using electronic document management storage to lessen the need for paper and printing
- Reducing the amount of waste produced by the business
- Ensuring that water/electricity is used responsibly by our employees
- Recycling materials as extensively as possible
- Using technology to lessen the need for travel
Additionally, we conserve energy wherever possible by:
- Turning off appliances when not in use
- Waste minimisation and recycling
- Returning toner cartridges to suppliers for re-use
- Minimising paper use by storing information electronically rather than on paper
- Using water coolers attached to the main water supply
We adopt an inclusive approach to our environmental practice, inviting employee suggestions for improvement and comments.
We are also currently working towards obtaining a bronze level award for Investors in the Environment (iiE), which is a national environmental accreditation scheme designed to help organisations save time and money, reduce their impact on the environment, and get recognition for their progress.