Simmons & Simmons hits back at ‘CR is PR’ critics

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  • Because The Lawyer team and wider company is never cynical and puts in many hours on projects promoting the greater social good, right?
    Can't see anything on corporate responsibility here: http://www.centaur.co.uk/
    Or here: http://www.thelawyer.com/
    Genuine engagement and commitment indeed.

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  • The cynicism about firms like S&S's promotion of their CR activities is entirely misunderstood, in my opinion. The issue isn't whether or not firms should contribute in this way (I think they should, and traditionally they always have through pro bono work for charities - modern CR is just a more sophisticated version of this).
    The issue is the shameless promotion of the CR activities. If firms want to do Good Things, that's great. It isn't newsworthy, however.

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  • The idea of penalising somebody if they choose not to volunteer is absolutely ridiculous. It is not volunteering if you are forced to do it. Nobody should be made to feel guilty - or, worse, financially penalised at bonus time - for choosing not to take part in a firm's CR activities.

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  • Why should law firms contribute to "CR" more than any other business?
    Similarly, pro bono. Legal Aid has been cut to ribbons yet we get politicians suggesting that law firms should bridge the gap for free.
    Still, at least we can take comfort from the knowledge that the government will spend our taxes wisely.
    Oh
    Hang on...

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