I have been involved with OC for Good since my first day as a trainee at Osborne Clarke, when I watched as a Senior Associate abseiled down the atrium of the Bristol Office for LandAid, a homeless charity in Bristol. OC for Good is more than just charity fundraisers though, it is an umbrella term that captures all of the initiatives OC engages with to ensure we are working towards the goal of being a 'good corporate citizen'.
During my time as a trainee, I have been able to get involved in two areas of OC for Good through working with the Charitiy Committee and the Sustainable Business Group. The Sustainable Business Group oversees the environmental initiatives at Osborne Clarke and focusses on reducing our impact of the environment. We meet once a month to discuss new ideas and projects which the firm might want to adopt. Most recently, we have been engaging with a sustainability consultant who is advising us on building sustainably within our new Bristol office, the Halo Building, which is set to be one of the Greenest office buildings in the UK.
Each office has their own Charity Committee who are reponsible for selecting the local charities and initiatives to support. Throughout the year we organise fundraisers who seek to raise funds for those people who need it most within our local communities. We are also empowered to volunteer our time to charities where possible and are able to dedicate up to 28 hours of our working year to volunteer work. This could involve anything from helping local primary school children develop their reading fluency, to assisting with gardening and painting work at a city farm.
Trainees are always encouraged to get involved with OC for Good and it is really down to personal preference as to the areas in which you get involved. I've really benefited from my participation with OC for Good; it has allowed me to express my interests in charitable projects and environmental sustainability. It is increasingly important that law firms are responsible corporate citizens and OC for Good is just one way of working towards this ideal.