Linklaters awarded Big Tick in Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards
Linklaters has been recognised with a ‘Big Tick’ as part of the Responsible Business Awards 2014, run by the charity Business in the Community.
The Big Tick is the first level of accolade in the Responsible Business Awards, the UK’s longest-running and most respected awards scheme recognising businesses that are making a positive difference to society and to the environment.
A Big Tick is a leading endorsement of responsible business, and companies are awarded for initiatives tackling a range of issues: from stimulating local or rural communities, building long-term partnerships with schools, inspiring young talent, to embedding environmental sustainability into how products and services are used by customers.
Linklaters achieved the Big Tick in ‘ Inspiring Young Talent’ which aims to recognise businesses that address youth unemployment and the UK skills gap by using either ‘youth friendly’ recruitment practices, inspiring work experience programmes or accessible routes to successful working lives such as apprenticeships. The accolade was given in recognition for the firm’s Realising Potential programme, which raises aspirations, achievement and access to employment, particularly for those who are disadvantaged. The programme sees the firm lend support to over 4,500 5-25 year olds in London every year.
Robert Elliott, Linklaters’ Chairman and Senior Partner, said,
“Social mobility is close to my heart and I am very pleased that the firm has, in Realising Potential, an approach which is broad, robust and effective.”
Commenting, Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said:
“All year round, responsible businesses across the UK are contributing towards more resilient communities, stimulating local economies, creating diverse, skilled and healthy workforces and addressing skills shortages - yet these activities rarely get attention. The Responsible Business Awards shine a much needed spotlight on the powerful impact of business. Each of the companies recognised are playing their part to build a new contract between business and society and a more sustainable future for us all. I congratulate Linklaters for its Big Tick, which is a powerful symbol of business doing more to bring about change.”