Arthur Cox takes Corporate Social Responsibility seriously.
At Arthur Cox, our strong sense of community is the bedrock for our continued success. This is why we make giving back to both local and global communities a priority.
The founder of our firm, Arthur Cox, was a well-known philanthropist, and the firm proudly retains his ethos. The firm has a very active, well developed, extensive and embedded corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme which is based on 4 pillars – Pro-bono Work, Charitable Activities, Volunteering and the Environment.
Arthur Cox works closely with our charity partners which are chosen by the staff and are supported for a two year period. They currently are: Jigsaw, The Jack & Jill Foundation and the Peter McVerry Trust. We also have our own volunteering initiative, PRIME, a work experience programme for students from disadvantaged communities, as well as long established volunteering partnerships with organisations like Special Olympics Ireland and the National College of Ireland’s Early Learning Initiative.
Pro-bono work is strongly valued and encouraged in Arthur Cox. We are committed to developing and maintaining a coordinated, focused, well-balanced and meaningful pro-bono scheme. This is a firm-wide initiative.
Trainees and summer interns are supported and encouraged to engage in pro-bono work with our partner charities.
One of the unique things about the Arthur Cox Trainee Programme is the opportunity our trainees get to actively participate in the award-winning, entirely trainee-led Arthur Cox Zambia Project.
In early 2008, a group of Arthur Cox trainees had a desire to do voluntary work overseas. They were inspired by the history and legacy of the firm’s founder, Arthur Cox, who in his later years joined the missions in Zambia. This resulted in the creation of the Arthur Cox Zambia Project. In July 2008 the first group of Arthur Cox trainees ventured to Mwandi, a rural village in south western Zambia, with the ultimate goal of lifting standards of living and improving health facilities for the community in that area.
Since 2008, the Project has gone from strength to strength with Arthur Cox trainees travelling to the region annually to continue to develop this work. The Project is trainee led, with the support of the firm and in partnership with the local community and charitable organisations in Zambia. It is a unique project, in that it is driven by the needs of the local people and local leaders, governmental and tribal, who are integral in the planning of the Project and who work alongside the trainees on the ground in Zambia.
Over 100 trainees have travelled to Zambia and have raised over €510,000 to benefit the regions.