Corporate Social Responsibility Policy
At BC Legal we integrate our business values and operations to meet the expectations of our stakeholders - our customers, employees, investors, suppliers, the community and the environment. This means that we commit to:
- recognise that our social, economic and environmental responsibilities to our stakeholders are integral to our business, and
- demonstrate these responsibilities through our actions and within our corporate policies, and
- take seriously all feedback that we receive from our stakeholders and, where possible, maintain open dialogue to ensure that we fulfil the requirements outlined within this policy, and
- be open and honest in communicating our strategies, targets, performance and governance to our stakeholders in our continual commitment to sustainable development.
The Director is responsible for the implementation of this policy and will make the necessary resources available to realise our corporate responsibilities. The responsibility for our performance on this policy rests with all employees throughout the company.
Our partnership focus:
- We shall ensure a high level of business performance while minimising and effectively managing risk ensuring that we uphold the values of honesty, partnership and fairness in our relationships with all our stakeholders
- We shall support the development of our external stakeholders through led training courses and using our facilities for our business partners to hold seminars and industry meetings
- Our contracts will clearly set out the agreed terms, conditions and the basis of our relationship and will operate in a way that safeguards against unfair business practices
- We shall encourage suppliers and contractors to adopt responsible business policies and practices
- We shall encourage dialogue with local communities for mutual benefit
- We will register and resolve customer complaints in accordance with our standards of service
- We shall support and encourage our employees to help local community organisations and activities in our region, particularly our employee chosen charities
- We shall work with local schools, colleges and universities to assist young people in choosing their future careers, being an advocate for our industry
- We shall operate an equal opportunities policy for all present and potential future employees and will offer our employees clear and fair terms of employment and provide resources to enable their continual development
- We shall maintain a clear and fair employee remuneration policy and shall maintain forums for employee consultation and business involvement
- We shall provide safeguards to ensure that all employees of whatever nationality, colour, race or religious belief are treated with respect and without sexual, physical or mental harassment
- We shall provide, and strive to maintain, a clean, healthy and safe working environment in line with our Health and Safety policy and safe systems of work
- We shall develop Environmental policies and objectives as part of the business planning cycle.
Modern Slavery Policy
Modern slavery is a term used to encapsulate the crimes of slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking.
Whilst BC Legal are not an ‘affected business’ under the terms of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, we are committed to running an ethical and environmentally responsible business.
We are clear that modern slavery in any form is unacceptable and have a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery of any kind within our organisation and supply chains.
To our knowledge we have never had any incidences of modern slavery within our business. We are committed to improving our practices to enable us to identify and eradicate any modern slavery within our supply chains.
Training – we have raised awareness about the Act amongst senior management of the organisation - in particular at Operations and Risk & Compliance level within the firm.
Suppliers - As a provider of legal services our suppliers support the operation of our business and very broadly fall into the following general categories:
- counsel and experts
- telecommunications and information technology
We have not yet, nor are we required to, formally categorised our suppliers on the basis of risk of modern slavery. However we do not believe that our suppliers condone or adopt any modern slavery practices.
Effectiveness – BC Legal would investigate any allegations should they arise and take appropriate action in accordance with our policies and procedures. In the event of such an event occurring or an allegation being made, the matter will be initially reported to Boris Cetnik to determine appropriate action.