William Fry Shortlisted in 4 Categories in the Chambers Ireland CSR Awards 2018
Chambers Awards 18
 
We are incredibly proud to have been shortlisted in four categories in the Chambers Ireland Corporate Social Responsibility Awards taking place this Thursday 20th September in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin.
 
The Chambers Ireland Corporate Social Responsibility Awards were established in 2004 to recognise the work being carried out by Irish and multinational companies to improve the lives of their employees and to enhance the civic environment in which they operate. This is a unique competition that offers the business community a chance to promote their efforts in CSR and gain recognition for best practice. The awards are presented in a variety of categories covering all areas of CSR.
 
Details on our award categories are below. 

Award Category: Excellence in the Community - Volunteering 

William Fry – Incognito with the Support of William Fry

William Fry was proud to work with the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation on "Incognito", a unique and innovative fundraising campaign benefitting the charity. The event ran over 5 days at The Solomon Gallery, Dublin, and was Ireland's largest single-gallery public art exhibition. Each of these original art pieces was sold to the public for €50 — the twist being that no one knew the identity of the artist until after they bought th piece. Over 1,000 Irish and International artists – including William Fry staff – contributed. William Fry also contributed significant event, PR and Digital support to the event and more than 50 William Fry employees donated 168 volunteer hours over 4 days to help Jack & Jill raise €95,000, which will provide 6,000 nursing hours to Jack & Jill children.

Award Category: Excellence in the Community - Partnership with Charity

William Fry – William Fry Partnership with the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation

William Fry and the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation have come together in a 3 year strategic partnership that includes a corporate donation of €100,000 as well as pro bono support, skills based volunteering and fundraising. The charity was chosen with the support of William Fry staff and was launched in 2017 as part of the William Fry Making a Difference CSR programme. Some of the impacts that have already come out of the partnership include pro bono support through a 'GDPR for Charities' workshop held by the William Fry Technology team, support for the annual Jack & Jill Family Day and the extremely successful Incognito art exhibit. 

Award Category: Excellence in the Workplace

William Fry – William Fry Making a Difference in the Workplace 

In early 2017, William Fry launched a Health & Wellbeing programme under the banner "William Fry Making a Difference in the Workplace". The programme focused on providing staff with supports and programmes aimed specifically at areas that they had identified in a Firm wide survey as being important to them.
 
Year 1 of programme incorporated a variety of offerings including:
  • Medical screenings
  • VDU eye testing
  • Healthy food options in the on-site canteen
  • Fitness & nutrition talks
  • Positive thinking & resilience seminars
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Expanded programme in the onsite gym
  • Budgeting seminar
Year 2 is well underway and has seen the creation of a staff led Health & Wellbeing Committee, a Health & Wellbeing Fair and an extremely well attended talk on Positivity in Challenging Times.

Award Category: Excellence in CSR Communication

William Fry – William Fry Making a Difference

In February 2017, William Fry relaunched its CSR programme under the brand "William Fry Making a Difference". One of the main aims of the relaunch was to increase staff awareness of the Firm's CSR activities and to increase staff engagement in these activities. We developed a strategic communications plan that including branding CSR at William Fry enabling us to communicate with staff in a more consistent and recognisable way about the impact of their CSR activities. By communicating under the CSR brand, which includes 4 sub-brands – Community, Environment, Workplace and Marketplace – and using a multi-channel communications strategy we have been able to significantly increase staff engagement and awareness among our staff about the impact of our CSR activities.

 

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