Corporate Social Responsibility
Putting CSR at the heart of what we do
At Littlejohn we are serious about corporate social responsibility. We manage our business in an ethical and responsible manner and are committed to minimising the impact our activities have upon our physical and social environment.
Our effect on the environment is limited by the nature of our business, however we are committed to minimising this and as a firm we:
- comply with all relevant laws, regulations and codes of conduct relating to the environment
- are reducing our total energy consumption by using movement sensor activated lighting controls and time activated computers and photocopiers. In addition to minimising our total energy consumption, we now purchase ‘green' electricity
- encourage and provide facilities for recycling within our office, for paper, plastic and dry waste.
Charitable giving and the community
We want to help the local community and in particular are keen to support charities that work within the surrounding area. The firm has supported a number of local charities by way of donations, often for a specific project, including:
- the Island House Playgroup, which is one of the main user groups at the Island House centre, on London's Isle of Dogs. The playgroup is open to toddlers and pre-school children up to the age of five.
- Neighbours in Poplar's Christmas project, which is a scheme that provides a Christmas Meal Service. Hot meals are delivered to lonely elders on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
- Neighbours in Poplar's children project, a scheme that provides activities for inner city children who have no other holiday opportunities. The charity creates entertaining programmes of cultural and recreational events for children, some of which will involve trips away from their inner city environment.
The firm also encourages and supports charity initiatives and events organised by staff, for example charity coffee mornings and individuals participating in sponsored walks, runs and bike rides - we normally have at least one member of staff running the London marathon. On occasion we have provided facilities for specific donations to disaster appeals, with the firm matching the contributions made by the staff, such as fundraising to support aid for the 2004 South Asian Tsunami.
In addition, the firm operates an efficient payroll giving scheme, enabling staff to give effectively and regularly, direct from their pay, to support their favourite charities.
Workplace – ethics
Littlejohn acts with integrity and in an ethical, honest and reliable manner. We are committed to high standards of business ethics in all interactions with clients, colleagues, suppliers and within the local community.
All staff must adhere to the five fundamental ethical principles of integrity, objectivity, professional competence and due care, confidentiality, and professional behaviour as set out in the ‘Code of Ethics' issued by the International Federation of Accountants. We also comply with the Ethical Code published by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Our Professional Standards Committee has responsibility for setting our professional standards and procedures, compliance with which is monitored by Littlejohn's Audit Compliance Partner and the Investment Business Compliance Partner.
Workplace - equal opportunity
Littlejohn supports equal opportunity in the workplace. Equal opportunity is about good employment practices and efficient use of our most valuable asset, our employees. We comply with all relevant laws, regulations and codes of conduct to create an environment free from discrimination, where our staff are encouraged to reach their full potential.
Memberships and associations
Many of our partners and professional staff are members of major organisations and committees and serve as trustees and directors of charities on a pro-bono basis.
We work for charities of all sizes with registered and exempt status; not-for profit mutual trading organisations; trading companies associated with charitable bodies; membership organisations; donor agencies and regulators in the UK and Europe; and school and educational trusts. Click here for further details.