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Corporate Social Responsibility

Ince Impact

The firm's CSR policy is to ensure that our impact is a positive one. 

Our CSR programme is built around three focus areas: our people, our local community and our industry sectors.

Everybody at Ince has the opportunity to get involved through CSR Leave, an additional day of annual leave for participation in CSR projects.

CSR activity and initiatives are led by the:

  • CSR Steering Committee (oversees and coordinates the strategy)
  • CSR Treasury (approves the distribution of charitable funds)
  • Ince Impact Committee (deals with the community outreach)
  • Sustainability Committee (implements policies ensuring a positive environmental impact)

Community

East London Business Alliance (ELBA)

Ince runs a Delivery Programme in association with ELBA to increase Ince's impact in the education and community focus areas.

ELBA is a charity which builds connections between businesses and local communities in East London, whose boroughs are amongst the most deprived in England. It focuses on building the capacity of local organisations, supporting young people in education and placing people into employment.

Education

Reading Scheme

For the past 10 years Ince has worked with St Michael's Catholic College in Bermondsey, providing assistance with a weekly lunchtime reading scheme, with volunteers from across the firm.

Mentoring

Ince also encourages its solicitors to get involved in the mentoring of law students, especially those without a network of contact within the legal profession, helping them to obtain vacation placements and training contracts through the University of Law mentoring scheme.

Environment and Sustainability

Ince is committed to reducing its environmental impact and continually improving its environmental performance as an integral part of the way it conducts business. Ince London is a member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance, which seeks to reduce the law industry's climate change contributions. In Hamburg, schemes have been adopted that combine the recycling of plastics with the fight against polio (Dickel Degen Polio) and ethical purchasing with clean water projects (Viva con Agua).

In London, employees have access to a 'Cycle to Work' scheme and can also take out an interest free season ticket loan, which encourages the use of public transport. The office building itself has excellent green credentials and the firm has energy efficient lighting and heating systems.

A 'Paperlite' policy has been adopted across all of the Ince offices and the firm checks the policies of its third party suppliers, implementing a code of conduct for its suppliers, sub-contractors and service providers.

Fundraising and Events

Through the CSR Treasury and Ince Impact Committee, Ince & Co supports a large number of causes. Donations have recently gone to:

  • The RNLI
  • The Spitalfields City Farm
  • The Tower Hamlets Law Centre
  • The East London Business Alliance (ELBA)
  • OSCAR (supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital)
  • Refuge

Every year Ince secures seven or eight Golden Bond charity places in the London Marathon, allowing employees to fundraise for charities of their own choice. Ince also donates a lump sum to each of the chosen causes. We support the RNLIs annual fundraising by holding collections in the office and at their annual dinner. The RNLI recently presented Ince with an award in recognition of its continued support.

In recent years, we've taken part in the 10km London Legal Support Trust's Legal Walk to raise money for UK based legal advice clinics that ensure equal access to justice. The firm encourages employees to take on personal challenges for a good cause: in 2018, nine people in London ran up the 932 steps of Tower 42 in support of the homeless charity, Shelter, raising a total of £2,486.