Blake Morgan in Wales has won a Social Value for Future Generations Award 2021. The law firm won the Private Sector Leadership category in recognition of the way it embeds social value into its business culture via processes, systems and people to ensure the needs of customers and local communities are being met.
The Social Value for Future Generations Awards celebrate innovation, leadership and best practice of social value in Wales that links with the Wellbeing and Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. The awards were judged by an independent expert panel and presented at the 2021 National Social Value Conference: Wales – Leading the Movement on the 16 and 17 November 2021.
Blake Morgan’s initiatives to address economic inequality, support for local businesses, community wellbeing and regenerating the environment won the judges’ attention. The firm’s corporate social responsibility initiatives include raising over £50,000 for charities, including Guide Dogs Cymru and the Alzheimer’s Society. Blake Morgan is also an active participant in the Cardiff Commitment, which brings the public and private sectors together to connect young people to the vast range of opportunities available in the world of work.
Eve Piffaretti, Partner in Blake Morgan’s Cardiff office, said:
“It is a source of great pride to win a prestigious Social Value for Future Generations Award 2021. At Blake Morgan, we aim to make a difference for our clients, people, and communities.
“Corporate Social Responsibility governs the management of our firm and guides our business processes, as well as how we interact with our clients, stakeholders, suppliers and the wider community. Put simply, it is a reference point that helps us to pursue our business objectives in a socially responsible and sustainable way. “
The firm was named 39th in the Inclusive Top 50 Employers 2020/21, a definitive list of organisations that evidence their commitment to inclusion and community activities across all nine protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010. Blake Morgan is also a founding member of PRIME, a scheme established by the legal profession as a commitment to providing fair access to quality work experience. The scheme combats social inequalities by offering annual work placements for students from low-income families from local communities.
Meanwhile, its Growing Ambitions programme – now in its tenth year – gives young people nominated by local social housing associations the chance to gain work experience and learn more about the business world to help with their future job prospects.
“We are committed to ensuring all of our activities align with the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the Welsh Government’s Wellbeing Objectives. This includes both outcomes we can deliver ourselves and using our expertise to help our clients maximise the community benefits they can achieve.
“We are also dedicated to listening and responding to a wide range of social challenges in our local communities. To be recognised for our work is a fantastic acknowledgement of our team, who work hard throughout the year to give back to local communities and wider society.”
For more information on the Social Value for Future Generations Awards, click here.