Founded in 1937, Mishcon de Reya is a law firm with offices in London and New York offering both individuals and companies a range of legal services encompassing: corporate; employment; dispute resolution; family; private client; and real estate.
Georgina Yik told us: “My role as Corporate Social Responsibility Executive is to oversee all the CSR activities for Mishcon de Reya, including charitable giving and the environment. We have a long history of charitable giving but last year we redefined and strengthened our CSR programme into one vehicle, Mishcommunity.
Mishcommunity represents our charitable giving commitment for the next two years, mainly that we will support a local charity within our business community, an overseas charity and also support the fundraising efforts of our employees and the charities in which they have a personal connection. Each month we have a dedicated Discretionary Fund whereby members of staff can nominate a charity for consideration. The allocation of the fund is decided by a roving committee of staff, which changes each month. This committee decides how to allocate the fund, with 35 charities receiving our support in 2010.
Gloria Brady, a Senior Legal Cashier in our Accounts Department, nominated MDS for consideration in our January fund after her Aunt was diagnosed with MDS in August last year. This is typical of the type of charities which are nominated each month, where someone has personal experience of the invaluable assistance charities such as MDS UK offer.”