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As an international law firm, DAC Beachcroft is playing its part in addressing the UN Global Goals which connect with our day-to-day business, in particular Education, Employment, Access to Justice and Climate Impact.
Our Responsible Business programmes address these Goals through our activities in the Marketplace (clients and suppliers), local Communities (schools and charities), Workplace (employees and future recruits), and the Environment.
DAC Beachcroft is the largest provider of legal services to the NHS, and the only firm to have advised the NHS for all of its 70 year history. We are helping our major client the NHS to provide positive patient experiences, by developing youth volunteering in NHS Trusts with the Step up to Serve #iWill Campaign.
The NHS needs a new generation of volunteers – the average age of an NHS volunteer is 68. By encouraging young people to volunteer, we not only help the NHS but also the young people themselves. Volunteering enhances young people’s skills and employability, and DAC Beachcroft is maximising these benefits by running CV workshops and Mock Interview sessions for the students.
DAC Beachcroft and school student volunteers help by 'Way-finding' for visitors navigating hospital buildings, 'Befriending' elderly dementia patients, and entertaining children in waiting areas through stories and play. So far, we are helping The Royal London Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospitals.
DAC Beachcroft is using its buying power to generate business for social enterprises, mitigate climate impact, and promote fair pay. The firm is working to develop a policy to pay all staff and contractors on our sites the Voluntary Living Wage and we aim to become an accredited Living Wage employer. We buy sustainably-sourced paper and support the Woodland Trust’s Carbon Scheme; in this way we help to create over 400 m2 of new native woodlands in the UK every year. More recently, we moved our London office and awarded the contract for the removal of our old furniture to a social enterprise called The Recycled Assets Company (TRACO). TRACO will sell our old furniture for secondhand use or recycle items with no resale value, thus mitigating environmental impact.