Corporate Social Responsibility
French Duncan has long recognised the many benefits of having a robust Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy.
We believe that properly implemented CSR policies motivate staff, strengthen client relationships and have an extremely positive impact for our local community.
Charity of the year 2019
||Our staff have voted and we are delighted to announce that our charity of the year for 2019 will be Chris's House, a Centre for Help, Response & Intervention Surrounding Suicide. Visit their website to find out more about the charity.
During 2018 we fundraised for Strathcarron Hospice, as voted for by our staff. We were very pleased to have surpassed our target of £11k, which is how much it costs to operate the charity for one day. We will be handing over our cheque to Strathcarron on Friday 14th December - photos to follow!
The hospice provides specialist palliative care and expert end of life care for the people of Forth Valley, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth. Find out more about the charity here.
We very much enjoyed supporting CCLASP (Children with Cancer & Leukaemia Advice & Support for Parents) during 2017 and were delighted to present a cheque for £10,000 to Valerie Simpson, co-founder of CCLASP.
CCLASP was established in 1984 and helps children & teenagers across Scotland suffering from cancer or leukaemia and provides advice & support for their families. You can find out more about the charity here.
Our charity of the year in 2016 was Brightest Star, a charity based in Glasgow that raises awareness and funds to help other people save children's lives and to support bereaved families that have lost children. You can find out more about the charity here.
We were delighted to raise a total of £10,502.32 for Brightest Star, which was presented to founder Arlene Clark by French Duncan Managing Partner Graeme Finnie and CSR members Craig Allison and Christine Thomson.
During 2014/15 we fundraised across each of our offices for the Craighalbert Centre: Scottish Centre for Children with Motor Impairments, which was chosen by a staff vote. You can find out more about the charity here.
We are delighted to have raised £10,000 for Craighalbert through various office activities including our highly popular summer event in 2014, our Christmas raffle, plus we entered two teams in the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run in October 2014 and 2015 with sponsorship proceeds going to the charity. We also had our summer pub quiz which was a great success, and various cake sales throughout the year.
French Duncan Managing Partner Graeme Finnie visited the Craighalbert Centre with some of our CSR Committee members to present the cheque to Anne Taylor, Administrative Officer at the charity.
Another aspect of our CSR policy is, where possible, to use the products and services of suppliers, thereby providing income to the local economy and saving unnecessary fuel costs; a saving further enhanced through the firm’s encouragement of staff to use public transport between its office network wherever possible.
CSR is never a chore at French Duncan; it’s all about having fun and raising funds. It is clear that CSR fosters a happy workforce, improving morale and developing project management skills and encouraging a team mentality.
Each of our offices has CSR representatives who are coordinated by our partner-led team of four staff in our Glasgow office. With our substantial CSR budget, we are continually in the enviable position to support any initiative brought to us either by our staff or our chosen charities.
A particularly distinctive feature of our approach to fulfil our Corporate Social Responsibility remit is the fact that all committee members are equally empowered. This distinctive feature was borne out of our responsibility to our staff and our aim to foster and enable team-building alongside the support of charitable causes.
Let's Eat Glasgow - Community Sponsorship
On 3/4th September 2016 French Duncan again sponsored Let's Eat Glasgow, for their second year. The event was bigger than 2015 and had several guest pop-up restaurants, as well as the 8 restaurants that featured the previous year that are involved in the Real Food, Real Folk Co-operative. There was a bigger area with a stage for live music and lots of market stalls too, selling produce mainly from the west of Scotland.
Find out more about this year's event here.
Let's Eat Glasgow 2015
French Duncan were delighted to be community sponsors for Let’s Eat Glasgow, Scotland’s first indigenous restaurant festival and pop up market, in Glasgow’s Finnieston on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September 2015.
The event featured approximately 40 market stalls from across Scotland and 8 Glasgow restaurants served up food in an alfresco setting. Let’s Eat Glasgow is run by the new Real Food, Real Folk Co-operative, a non-profit organisation which aims to change perceptions of Glasgow as a food destination and address the city’s food poverty and poverty of awareness of good nutrition. The co-operative are working with various community initiatives across Glasgow and are keen to get local businesses involved in supporting these organisations.
In keeping with the ethos of Let’s Eat Glasgow French Duncan donated meal tickets to Moogety Food Co-operative, an initiative in Glasgow’s Govan area that provide below market price fruit & vegetables to the community.
We are looking forward to sponsoring Let's Eat Glasgow again in 2016, which will be held at SWG3 Warehouse in Glasgow's Finnieston on 3rd & 4th September.
French Duncan act for a wide range of businesses within the food & drink sector and are proud to be members of Scotland Food & Drink.
Find out more about Let’s Eat Glasgow here.