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Gardner Leader awarded first law firm CSR Accreditation in Newbury

Award-winning law firm, Gardner Leader, has become the first law firm in Newbury and just one of a few businesses in Berkshire to be awarded national CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Accreditation – a testimonial of excellence in establishing a sustainable and ethical business.

Awarded silver by the nationwide CSR Accreditation scheme, Gardner Leader was judged on four ‘pillars’ across its entire operations – environment, community, workplace and philanthropy – with all evidence reviewed and assessed by an independent panel of experts.

Gardner Leader has raised over £21,500 for local charities in the last five years. Each year the firm appoints a charity of the year and this year it’s Thatcham-based Swings and Smiles, which supports local children with disabilities. The team has donated much-needed toys, volunteered their time and organised various fundraising events and quizzes.

Commenting on the CSR Accreditation, Derek Rodgers, Managing Partner at Gardner Leader said, “We’re really pleased to become one of only a few businesses in Berkshire to receive this independently awarded CSR Accreditation. We take our responsibility to the environment and supporting the local community very seriously and we’re constantly looking at areas for improvement. For example, five of our Partners are Trustees for charities at local and national level.

“This award officially recognises our work and commitment over the years to these key CSR areas including philanthropy and community activities. Social, environmental, ethical, human rights and consumer concerns are important to us, just as they are to many of our valued clients.”