To reflect our positioning of sustainability at the heart of our business model, we created our Sustainability Board in early 2021: consisting of senior management from CSR, risk, finance and strategy, the Board is tasked with driving positive sustainable practices throughout the firm with each strategic decision taken having sustainability at its core.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our generation and we have the responsibility to work together as a firm to make a difference. Clients and employees are increasingly evaluating (and appreciating) our sustainability credentials as part of their selection process and expect good and credible sustainability practices to be in place. We also want to lead the way in encouraging others to act. In addition to this, Forsters recognises the importance of sustainability to future recruits of the firm and wants to recruit people who will embody and perpetuate the core values at the heart of our sustainability model.
The Sustainability Board’s responsibilities include:
We want to support our clients to consider sustainability in their decision-making so have created an online Sustainability Hub (#FORSustainability) to bring together our insights and legal expertise on a broad range of environmental matters that affect our clients’ business and personal affairs.
Our Sustainability Group is a team of lawyers drawn from our key practice areas: Private Client, Real Estate, Tax, Banking and Corporate, and we encourage lawyers at all levels of the firm to be involved in this work.
Sustainable graduate recruitment
Forsters has always been mindful of the environmental impact of graduate recruitment as a process and we have already taken steps to reduce waste, particularly in relation to giveaways. To date we have:
However, we recognise that more can and should be done to improve sustainability practices in the recruitment process, and we are keen to build on the work we have undertaken in the last year, during the pandemic, and continue to hold more events online and provide information in a digital format. A number of key areas we are looking to address are:
Sustainability in graduate recruitment is now a regular agenda item for our Green Impact Group (GIG), who meet monthly to action sustainability initiatives across the firm.
Focusing our attention on improving sustainability in our graduate recruitment process is an important part of our overall sustainability strategy. We look forward to continuing to work with the Sustainable Recruitment Alliance to take forward initiatives.