Corporate Social Responsibility

Overview

At Cains corporate social responsibility runs in tandem with our vision and values, not only as a professional advisory firm but also as an employer. Cains and its employees participate in many activities to support both the local and the international community. These activities range from supporting international charitable foundations, volunteer work, pro-bono work and reducing our environmental impact.

Isle of Man

Our commitment to the local community in the Isle of Man is embraced by the firm, both collectively and individually. Our lawyers and support staff are involved in many activities within the Isle of Man, including costume making for the local theatre group, improving conditions at the local homeless shelter and volunteering at a local youth club for disabled children.

Collectively, we support several community schemes including sponsorship of the Ramsey Youth Centre and Old Boy’s Football Club. This support has helped the Club acquire new sports equipment and has given young players an opportunity to develop their football and social skills. Cains also sponsors the annual “Kione y Sker” award which is given to an individual or organisation whose actions have contributed to the Manx Gaelic language.

In 2006, Cains agreed to be the principal sponsors of a major charity concert by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Scotland. In 2007, we sponsored the Main Stage of “Bushy’s” Big Wheel Blues Festival, enabling significantly more individual performers to come to the Isle of Man than in any previous year.

Cains has sponsored the coaching of junior golfers at Ramsey Golf Club since 2002 and has witnessed Ramsey Golf Club juniors grow from an initial 10 players to over 60 players in 2008. This sponsorship has enabled junior golfers to participate in monthly competitions, the winners of which receive a free coaching course with a professional golfer.

International

In December 2008, Cains became a sponsor of the Indochina Starfish Foundation in Cambodia which, among other things, provides a football coaching programme for some of the poorest communities in the country. Our sponsorship provides a specific coaching squad of up to 50 children with equipment, training areas and FIFA trained coaches.
Cains provides annual sponsorship to a student from the developing world enrolled on the Masters programs at the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg, France. The student must have a legal background or demonstrate an interest in the legal aspects of space activity. In 2008 the award was given to a Nigerian student who later spent the summer with Cains as an intern, assisting in space related work.

We have also sponsored the UK Law Society’s Rugby 7’s annual rugby match, all proceeds of which go to the Wooden Spoon Society whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for children and young people disadvantaged either mentally, physically or socially throughout the UK.

All of Cains’ staff participate in charity work at some level, be it at our monthly “charity dress-down day” or through working with established charities. Recently, our lawyers have participated in gruelling fitness challenges to raise money for charity, including the Great North Run and the 47 mile Isle of Man ‘End to End’ mountain bike challenge. Cains also raises money for several local children’s charities with employees taking part in annual charitable inter-company events.

More information on the various sponsorships can be found in our News section.

Pro bono

We have found that we are able to use our legal skills to benefit our community by undertaking pro bono work across a diverse range of areas. For example, we successfully acted for the Manx Museum and National Trust in relation to a petition for judicial review against the Isle of Man Government involving a planning dispute.

Cains positively engages local business and Government by dedicating time and experience to think tanks such as the Isle of Man National Branding Project and various other public/private sector initiatives.

We are also members of the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation which provides legal assistance to social entrepreneurs on a pro bono basis and our senior lawyers have served on the UN International Trade Centre Committee in relation to the development of joint venture model agreements for use particularly in the developing world.

Environmental

Cains considers its impact on the environment locally and internationally and we actively seek new ways to improve our efficiency and reduce our environmental footprint. We look for innovative ways that we can recycle, reuse and reduce the products that we use. When selecting suppliers, consideration is given to any known issues relating to a supplier’s reputation for social responsibility.