We are pleased to have been part of a social and corporate responsibility initiative called Heart of the City mainly funded by the Corporation of the City of London. This is a programme organised by Heart of the City, a charity created to promote a culture of corporate responsibility, diversity and social mobility in businesses. Pini Franco LLP has for many years offered work experience opportunities to those who would not normally have access to this type of experience. Our social and corporate responsibility policy continues to explore ways which we may continue to contribute to broadening opportunities in the legal sector.
Heart of the City’s Foundation Programme has helped me in my role at FTI Consulting to promote not only the positive reputational impact of CSR but also the business development benefit to management – that by participating in activities such as volunteering, they can break down barriers between teams, and build a truly collaborative spirit across the business. The Foundation Programme is very professionally structured. Sometimes, working in a CSR role in an organisation can be quite isolated – I am the only one doing this role in the whole of Europe. It was really beneficial through the Foundation Programme to connect with others who were facing the same issues in their businesses which gave me energy to succeed. My mentor relationship was also really important and inspirational – I could have an honest chat about a challenge I was facing. We’d talk through what’s worked elsewhere, and ideas to help me find a solution that worked for my company.
Being a member of Heart of the City has enabled us to move our CSR programme to the next level and achieve our current total of 66 apprentices and 97 improvers into work. The expertise from Heart of the City and sharing of best practice with like-minded companies has been invaluable and with the continued support and relationships we are confident of the future success and growth of the K&M Training School
My Heart of the City mentoring sessions have been invaluable for the guidance and practical advice offered. By sharing experience and expertise, my mentor has taken away the error portion of the trial and error of building a formal strategy for a long term, sustainable CSR programme to positively impact our business and our community.
The online tools have played a huge role in helping shape our CSR programme. The help and support I’ve had from working with Heart of the City has been invaluable. As a result, we’ve been involved in many volunteering initiatives including inspiring students interested in stepping into the creative design industry. I think we’ve probably learnt more about ourselves as individuals and a business from being involved in these opportunities.
Our corporate social responsibility plan has played a vital role in engaging our employees and sparking their enthusiasm for volunteering. No matter what sized company you are, it’s possible to establish a successful, innovative CSR programme, and Heart of the City is a great place to start for practical advice and guidance.
My mentor was extremely friendly and approachable and very willing to answer all my questions. We have a brilliant relationship and as a result over the past two years I have learnt a lot and our programme has become more focused.
Heart of the City provides encouragement, inspiration, and an environment in which to share best practice and build relationships.
The Membership programme offers continuous support to further develop and implement our CSR strategy, ensuring we are able to meet our CSR goals and measure our impact.
The central project team have been very proactive in making introductions to organisations that could potentially help us and the people we have met have been incredibly supportive and helpful. We wouldn’t have been able to progress as quickly as we have in our thinking without those introductions.
It is only with the support of Heart of the City that we were able to access the expert knowledge, insight and resources we needed in order to create and implement an effective CSR and volunteering programme. As a result, we have had an incredibly high level of buy-in from our team, real, tangible results from our community partners and have also just been nominated for a Lord Mayor’s Dragon Award! Thanks Heart of the City!
Heart of the City really helps you put some time in the diary to focus on your people. Sharing ideas and discussing CSR with industry peers offers great value. The community support is fantastic and it is great to see what works for other companies, big and small. I would highly recommend getting involved.
Heart of the City has been a guiding light for us and we are proud to be part of the Membership programme.
Like many I am the only person at Euromonitor tasked with working on CSR . Being a part of Heart of the City gives you access to a fantastic network of other CSR professionals you can seek advice from and bounce ideas off. Without the help of Heart of the City our programme wouldn’t be as advanced as it is today.
I wish I had known about Heart of the City when I started out working in CSR years ago, you make the whole process so easy which means people can then enjoy the journey.