Corporate Social Responsibility

Community Spirit

The commitments we make in our Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) programme are an integral part of our business and reflect and inform our firm values.

CSR at Carpmaels & Ransford is founded on three pillars, recognising that the firm’s values are relevant and important to people as individuals, to the community and to the environment in which we all live and work.

People

We are committed to supporting the people we work with.

As a professional services firm we recognise first and foremost that “we” are our people. We pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer but it goes beyond that; we strive to create and nurture an inclusive and supportive working environment, which provides opportunities for the most talented individuals from the widest range of backgrounds. We provide continuous support through formal training programmes in order for our employees to develop their careers and realise their potential with us.

We are proud to be an active member of IP Inclusive, a group of IP firms and businesses who are championing greater diversity within our industry. By signing up to the IP Inclusive Charter in 2015, we made a public commitment to supporting and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in the IP profession.

Community

Carpmaels & Ransford has been located in and around Holborn since the 1830s when Moses Poole and William Carpmael established a firm of patent agents at 4 Old Square, Lincoln’s Inn.

Our long association with Holborn inspires a sense of belonging and concern for the community and, for several years now, we have supported the Holborn Community Association (HCA). This provides opportunities to get involved in local initiatives, especially those that provide support to young people.

One of our current initiatives is focused on encouraging school students to consider further study of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). We do this primarily through the STEM Ambassador programme, which allows students to explore the future careers related to these subjects.

Environment

Whether it’s helping save the honey bee, recycling batteries and paper, or choosing Fair Trade tea and coffee, we are determined to pursue a sustainable workplace.

We have made a commitment to manage our environmental footprint proactively and to reduce the impact of our operations on the environment. We undertake various initiatives that support these aims. Currently, we are engaged in the Midtown Bee Project and installed a beehive on our roof in 2016, which is now tended to by our thriving Bee Club.

We recently assisted The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) with a local conservation project in Bloomsbury Square Gardens. A group of Carpmaels & Ransford volunteers planted several hundred trees as a new secondary hedgerow, which will provide screening from nearby roads, increase the biodiversity of the gardens and help to improve air quality.

Having fun

Holborn is a vibrant work environment with plenty of shops and eating places and some of London’s most beautiful squares right on the doorstep.

We take advantage of this great location to nip out for informal lunches or join up together for a drink after work. We also have an in-house café with an adjoining terrace, providing an easy meeting point for lunch and informal meetings. New Year and Summer parties are regular features on our social calendar.

With energy to burn, we are regular participants in inter-firm sports tournaments and we also field a large contingent of runners in the Standard Chartered Great City Race each year, plus many individual efforts such as the London to Brighton bike ride, the Three Peaks Challenge and a marathon here and there. We also have plenty of music enthusiasts, from drummers and guitarists, to heavy-metal enthusiasts, orchestral performers and Glastonbury fanatics.