Life at Arthur Cox

Corporate Social Responsibility

Arthur Cox takes Corporate Social Responsibility seriously.

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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.

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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.

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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 Projects

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.

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Zambia Project

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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.

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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.

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Since 2008, the Project has gone from strength to strength with Arthur Cox trainees travelling to Zambia annually to continue to develop this work. As well as improving health facilities, the Project is tackling food instability and shortage in the area, having launched a centre for training in farming practices and crop diversification to over 380 families over six outpost villages. As part of this, the Project has launched an initiative to empower farmers reliant on maize to grow rice for the first time and is on track to engage 405 farmer households to produce 180 metric tonnes of rice for sale to market in the 2019/2020 season. Since 2014 to date, the Project has been based in the Chikuni region and involved in a rural radio school initiative to provide a government-approved curriculum to children who cannot attend formal schools due to geographic and financial barriers, tackling poor access to education which is one of the most recognised impediments to development.

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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.

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Over 200 trainees have travelled to Zambia since 2008 and have raised approximately €600,000 communities in Mwandi and Chikuni. The trainees and the firm bear all administration and travel costs personally, so that every penny raised directly impacts those that benefit.

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