In the community
It’s our privilege to use our skills and resources to help support the communities within which we live and work and share our good fortune. We want our actions to have a positive impact on our communities and contribute to causes that matter to our business and our people.
Serving our local communities
We have a close relationship with many local charities, public service providers and local schools and we use our “people power” to provide valuable resources to those that need our help the most. Whether it’s ensuring disadvantaged children receive Christmas gifts and festive food hampers for their families or providing local food banks with much needed supplies and help. Or, ensuring children in our local primary schools have someone to read with or helping to decorate the premises of a local charity. All our people are given ‘be the difference days’ which allow them to have paid time off to support causes that matter most to them – the commitment we make to our people is to give them meaningful options to enable them to give back as a fundamental part of their working lives.
We identify partnerships where we can join forces with other organisations within our region to make a greater impact. We believe that by working together and truly collaborating, the corporate sector can be a force for good and we are determined to make this a reality by exploring and creating new conversations and initiatives and sharing our experiences.
Charity of the year
By working together, we know that we can have a greater impact. That’s why each year our people vote for their Charity of the Year to raise funds for a cause they care about. In recent years this has included Myeloma UK, CLIC Sargent, Rethink Mental Illness and Teenage Cancer Trust. Activities include London to Paris bike rides, Cripps Olympics, marathons, quizzes and bake offs. To ensure the impact is felt, we match-fund the amounts our people are able to raise throughout the year.
Demelza is the charity we are currently raising funds for.
Sharing our expertise
As a firm we are committed to having an impact through the sharing of our expertise. Our lawyers are encouraged to utilise our core legal skills and undertake legal work, on a pro bono basis, for causes that are important either to them or to us as a business. We support and encourage an ever increasing number of our people to give back by taking on roles as trustees and board members for good causes. We are committed to supporting our local Citizens Advice Bureau both financially and through pro bono advice, corporate support and membership on their board.
When people power meets flower power
We are delighted to be a corporate supporter of Aspens’ Natural Affinity Garden at the 2023 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Cripps has been headquartered in Tunbridge Wells, Kent for over 170 years and our legacy firm, Pemberton Greenish, was based in Chelsea for many years before we moved down the road to Victoria in 2021. So, when the opportunity arose to support the Kent-based charity Aspens at the Chelsea Flower Show, it felt like a natural choice to celebrate the two communities that have been so integral to our heritage.
The garden, designed to connect visitors with nature and maximise wellbeing will be a communal, sensory, accessible experience, targeting each of the seven senses (touch, taste, scent, sound, movement and temperature).
All materials used to create the garden have been sourced locally and following the show, the Natural Affinity Garden will be relocated at the heart of Aspens’ residential area in Pembury. Cripps’ people will help maintain the garden where it can be enjoyed by the people Aspens supports, their families and the local community for many years to come.
Read more about the garden in our press release.