Shared Responsibility It has always been important to us to think about the world beyond our office walls. In our view, Corporate Social Responsibility – in its broadest sense – includes not only our impact on the environment and our local community but also our behaviour towards all our stakeholders (for example, how we communicate with our clients, how we choose suppliers and how we recruit team members). Buzzacott’s Shared Responsibility programme focuses on the more specialist aspects of CSR – philanthropy, community and the environment. As you will see from our annual CSR Report, we aspire to involve all of our staff, partners and suppliers and to do more year by year. The programme is founded on our charitable trust, the Buzzacott Stuart Defries Memorial Fund. Established in 2003 in memory of one of our partners, the Fund aims to assist children and young people from deprived backgrounds in boroughs adjoining the City. The Fund provides grants and other support to suitable charities as well as staff matched giving. In addition, everyone who works for Buzzacott is given 14 hours per year to use for volunteering. This means time given to the community and last year we spent more than a thousand hours farming and gardening, cleaning and clearing, teaching, coaching and befriending. Environmental responsibility is built into our office (for example, almost all of our lights are controlled by motion sensors) and is a key part of our supply chain. Our treatment of our waste and scrap materials is tested annually by the Clean City Awards Scheme who have consistently recognised our efforts towards sustainability, most recently awarding us with a special commendation Gold award 2016. Our CSR Report was produced for our colleagues in December 2016, but we hope there is plenty of interest in it for other readers, as well. How we're hoping flexible volunteering will change the game We’ve given a brief update on the initiatives behind this move in the latest version of our firm-wide magazine, Beyond the Numbers, which you can download here.