Robert Powell, Pro Bono & CSR Manager at Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Law firm invites staff to ‘Step on board’ and become charity trustees
International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges has introduced the ‘Step on Board’ programme as part of the London Office’s corporate social responsibility strategy.
Step on Board is a scheme, run by Trustees Unlimited and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, that empowers business professionals to become trustees of charities or take up non-executive roles in organisations with a social or environmental mission.
Through one-to-one coaching sessions and interactive workshops led by sector experts, Step on Board prepares potential trustees to be ‘board ready’ from day one. The sessions enable candidates to quickly grasp what charities need from trustees, how the charitable sector operates, the role and responsibilities of trustees and the contribution they are expected to make.
Weil will benefit from being able to offer senior employees a new approach to professional development and at the same time enhance its corporate social responsibility and sustainability strategies.
Robert Powell, Pro Bono & CSR Manager at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, said: “We have a number of different volunteering programmes designed to engage different audiences at the firm. Strategic high-level volunteering was an area which we felt we were lacking and Step on Board fitted the bill perfectly.
“This type of volunteering is a great way to develop hard and soft skills as well as broadening one’s horizons and networks. There are many similarities in how boards operate in the private sector and voluntary sector."
The introduction of the programme has been well received by staff of the firm according to Powell: “All our new volunteering programmes were chosen by our staff and we have had 34 members of staff register for just 15 places so we’re delighted with the response.”
Visit Trustees Unlimited to find out more about the Step on Board scheme.