Matheson, Ireland’s largest law firm, has launched the Matheson Impactful Business Programme (IBP), an initiative which brings together the firm’s existing, Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Environmental Sustainability and Arts activities into one dedicated programme.
The Impactful Business Programme empowers collaboration and contribution from members of the firm right across the business. It spans the firm’s four pillars of D&I, CSR, Environmental Sustainability and the Arts - with pro bono as a consistent theme underpinning each - encompassing and coordinating their events and activities into a focussed and more impactful programme. The activities of each pillar are driven by dedicated committees comprised of colleagues from across the firm who have volunteered their time.
Michael Jackson, Matheson Managing Partner, said; “Matheson’s mission statement is to make a meaningful difference to our clients, to our communities and to our colleagues. Fulfilling that mission statement requires us to continuously deliver excellent services, engage and develop the best legal and business talent, and give back to the communities in which we operate.”
“The Matheson Impactful Business Programme is designed to ensure that we can enhance the impact we make by more closely aligning and integrating our existing D&I, corporate social responsibility, environmental sustainability, arts and pro bono strategies within one Programme. It will enable us to expand the scope of our existing activities in each of these areas, facilitate more impactful partnerships with clients and other businesses on projects of shared interest, and empower and encourage everyone at Matheson to make an even more positive impact in our communities.”
“I am also very pleased to announce today that Matheson will host its annual Diversity & Inclusion Conference in partnership with Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in September. The key themes for this year’s conference are: the business case for well-being; and hidden disabilities. The conference will bring together some of the most forward thinking experts and progressive businesses and organisations operating at a local, national and international level across a wide variety of sectors to speak on these themes. We are delighted to be collaborating with TCD once again on this significant D&I initiative.”
At Matheson, we are committed to being a business which is responsible and sustainable. During 2020, Matheson became the first Irish-headquartered law firm to sign up to the Mindful Business Charter, a collaboration between financial services businesses and law firms in Ireland and the UK promoting healthy and effective ways of working. In November last, Matheson was a founding signatory to Ireland’s Pro Bono Pledge, an initiative which calls on legal professionals to commit to promote access to justice by providing free legal assistance to those in need. Earlier this year, Matheson became a signatory to the Law Society of Ireland’s Professional Wellbeing Charter, which champions behaviours, skills and practices to promote and enable professional wellbeing in the workplace. Matheson holds the Gold Standard Award from the Irish Centre for Diversity in recognition of the firm’s development and implementation of people-focussed D&I initiatives. Matheson was the first organisation in Ireland to receive this award and is the only Irish law firm to have received D&I Gold accreditation.
If you are interested in attending the D&I Conference in Trinity College Dublin in September, you can register your interest by contacting Daragh Bogan for more information. Further details will be publicised in due course.