Corporate Responsibility

The more that Bird & Bird has grown locally and internationally, the more diverse a business we’ve become. We aim to be inclusive in the way we work and conscious of our impact on the environment. It’s also part of our nature to give something back to the wider community.

Lawyers who work for Bird & Bird have a good understanding of the wider world. They’re people with an interest in life beyond our firm and believe in making a positive contribution.

It’s a philosophy we embrace as a firm too. Bird & Bird has a genuine commitment to acting as a responsible employer. To demonstrate this commitment, all staff and partners are entitled to take one day per year for volunteering activities.

Our corporate responsibility initiatives fall under three broad areas: our people, our community and the environment.

Our People

We strive to create and maintain an inclusive work environment in which all of our people are seen as individuals and where they are each supported and encouraged to achieve, regardless of personal characteristics. We encourage everyone to develop their interests and realise their full potential. Read more here.

Trainee Mental Health & Resilience Programme

In April 2019, we introduced a six month Mental Health & Resilience training programme for all trainees as part of their formal continued development programme. The aim of this programme is to provide trainees with strategies, tools and information they can use to manage pressure and build resilience. The programme is a series of 6 workshops led by an EnergiseYou practitioner and covers content relating to stress management, sleep, nutrition and strategies to build resilience in the workplace.

Our Community

We are passionate about making a difference. That’s why you’ll have the opportunity to use your skills and expertise for the good of wider society, wherever you are in the world. You might choose to take part in voluntary work or fundraising for our nominated charity, or offer your services on a pro-bono basis for a good cause. We have included details of a selection of our initiatives below.

For the last five years we have participated in the Lawyers in Schools programme, through which our partners, associates and trainees teach the legal aspects of a citizenship curriculum to year 10 students.

Read more about our projects as a firm here.

Environment

We are also committed to minimising the impact of our business on the environment through responsible management of our building.

Areas that we look at include:

  • Energy management
  • Waste and recycling
  • Procurement
  • Office Environment
  • Travel