29 March 2017

2016 marked the beginning of Haberman Ilett’s CSR programme and, one year on, it is nothing short of remarkable to look back at what has been achieved.

The programme was set up to provide an opportunity for both the firm and its individuals to give back to the community.  Every decision made, be it a one off charity day or ongoing CSR partnership, represents the interests of everyone in the firm and this has in no small part contributed to its success.

We kicked off in March with the first Haberman Ilett Sports Day in aid of Sport Relief.  A day of cycling a virtual Tour de France had everyone warmed up before an evening of physical and mental challenges.  Needless to say, the bar was set suitably high as we far surpassed our fundraising targets for an excellent cause.

Just a few weeks later and the CSR committee was extremely proud to announce Haberman Ilett’s first CSR partnership with Visionpath on their flagship programme SKILL!.  It could hardly be a better fit for Haberman Ilett, allowing our staff to do what they do best whilst making a real difference to the youth community of London.

The start of summer saw Haberman Ilett hold its first Macmillan coffee morning and, with the team getting their bake on, the ‘morning’ became a week-long event as the kitchen table struggled to cope with the array of offerings.  Cue generous donations and satisfied staff all round.

And with the sweet taste of baked treats lingering, it was time for the team to head outdoors with Thrive, the second of Haberman Ilett’s CSR partnerships.  A charity that uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health, Thrive offered another great opportunity for the firm to give back to the community and get their hands dirty at the same time.

As the year drew to a close, the team donned their denim for Jeans for Genes Day, raising funds for Genetic Disorders UK, before finishing up in their Christmas best at Haberman Ilett’s Christmas Jumper Day, raising funds to improve the lives of children all over the world with Save the Children UK.  There was even time to deliver an early Christmas present to our friends at Thrive in the form of a shelter to escape the wet winter weather.

It was a tremendous first year for Haberman Ilett’s CSR programme and not a second is being wasted as the 2017 programme is already underway, having just announced a new partnership with the Ian Hutcheon Clinic for Children, a charity dedicated to improving the hearing outcomes of children in developing countries.

So keep your eyes peeled, there will be plenty more to come!

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By Michael Laming, senior associate