CSR initiative deemed best HR work of the year in new ceremony
The inaugural HR in Law Awards, in association with Professionals in Law, took place last night at the HAC in central London. The winners of the Grand Prix award were Trowers & Hamlins, for their exceptional CSR work.
The awards were attended by around 250 legal HR professionals, where a Gala Dinner was topped off by the presentation of 14 awards by Alexander Armstrong, the actor, presenter and – Crumbs! – the new voice of Danger Mouse.
Trowers won the overall prize of the evening for an initiative that saw them working with East Potential, a charity that aims to improve the lives of socially disadvantaged individuals in East London and Essex. Their ‘Route to Work’ programme saw seven such individuals find employment at the firm.
A source at the charity said, ‘As a direct result of commencing employment with Trowers & Hamlins, six of these employees have been able to prove they are financially independent and consequently have moved out of the supported accommodation provided to them.’
It was a pretty good night for other firms, too. The complete list of winners is as follows:
Outstanding Employee Engagement: Linklaters
Best Recruitment Campaign: Bird & Bird
Excellence in Talent Management: Osborne Clarke
Best Trainee Recruitment Campaign: Linklaters
Excellence in Equality & Inclusion: Linklaters
Best Employer Brand Initiative: Clifford Chance
Best HR Innovation Through Technology: Carey Olsen
Excellence in Learning & Development: Penningtons Manches
HR Business Impact Award: Trowers & Hamlins
Best CSR Initiative: Trowers & Hamlins
Best Health & Wellbeing Initiative (for firms of up to 750 employees): Shearman & Sterling
Best Health & Wellbeing Initiative (for firms of over 750 employees): Linklaters
Rising Star: Cat Bodington, Pinsent Masons
Grand Prix: Best CSR Initiative, Trowers & Hamlins
The awards promise to return next year. AB