Corporate Responsibility Policy

Policy brief & purpose
Our Corporate Responsibility Policy refers to our responsibility toward our environment.
The social responsibility of a business is to give back to the world just as it gives to us.

Scope
This policy applies to Temple and its subsidiaries. It may also refer to suppliers and partners.

Policy elements
We want to be a responsible business that meets the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.

Temple’s social responsibility falls under two categories: compliance and proactiveness.
Compliance refers to Temple’s commitment to legality and willingness to observe community values.
Proactiveness is every initiative to promote human rights, help communities and protect our natural environment.

Compliance

Legality
Temple will:

• Respect the law
• Honour its internal policies
• Ensure that all its business operations are legitimate
• Keep every partnership and collaboration open and transparent

Business ethics
We’ll always conduct business with integrity and respect to human rights. We’ll promote:

• Safety and fair dealing
• Respect toward the consumer
• Anti-bribery and anti-corruption practices

Examples of Corporate Social Responsibility

Protecting the environment
Temple recognises the need to protect the natural environment. Keeping our environment clean and unpolluted is a benefit to all. We’ll always follow best practices when disposing garbage and using chemical substances.

Protecting people
We’ll ensure that we:

• Don’t risk the health and safety of our employees and community.
• Avoid harming the lives of local and indigenous people.
• Support diversity and inclusion.

Human rights
Temple is dedicated to protecting human rights. We are a committed equal opportunity employer and will abide by all fair labour practices. We’ll ensure that our activities do not directly or indirectly violate human rights in any country (e.g. forced labour).

Proactiveness

Charity Fundraising
Temple supports a number of charities and encourages its employees to volunteer. They can volunteer through programs organised internally or externally. Please see a few examples below:

• Great Legal Bake
Temple participated in the Great Legal Bake which is a National fundraising bake sale for local Legal Support Trust and Access to Justice.

• Kilimanjaro challenge
Temple sponsored Underwriting Director, David Pipkin who was part of a team of 17 that climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest free standing mountain. The team did this to help raise funds for a very inspirational friend, Franco Gasparotti, and charities Combat Stress, Soldiering On and VISION 2020UK.

• London Legal walk
Temple regularly takes part in the 10k walk in support of The London Legal Support Trust, who work to support law centres and legal advice agencies in London and the South East.

• The Encephalitis Society
The Encephalitis Society provide support to individuals and families who are living with encephalitis.

• Brainwave
Brainwave who help children with disabilities and additional needs to achieve greater independence by aiming to improve mobility, communication skills and learning potential through a range of educational and physical therapies.

• Johnson Beharry VC Foundation – http://jbvc-foundation.org.uk/
The Johnson Beharry VC Foundation whose objective is to assist Young People to Leave Street Gangs & Develop Sustainable Careers.

Supporting local schools and universities
Temple offers work experience/ placements to local schools and universities to give students valuable skills and experience.

Preserving the environment
Apart from legal obligations, Temple will proactively protect the environment. Examples of relevant activities include:

• Recycling
Temple staff members recycle all they can to reduce the amount of general waste and help to protect the environment.
Temple dispose of their old IT equipment through an accredited recycling company. They are IT industry professionals who help companies securely, ethically and easily recycle their IT and office equipment.

• Energy usage
All employees ensure all lights and electrical equipment are turned off before they leave the building at the end of each working day.

• Paper less policy
Temple has a paper less policy in place which is designed to limit the amount of paper we use as a company.
We are constantly reviewing ways in which we can cut down on paper.
An example of this is the installation of dual screens. The dual screens allow Temple employees to have a document open on one side of the screen, while working on another document on the other screen. This has seen a dramatic drop in the use of paper.
We also ensure that employees use laptops and tablets in all meetings so that no employee is required to print documents out to refer to in a meeting.

Training
Temple Legal Protection and specialist e-learning and compliance consultancy Heads Up Compliance are collaborating in an exciting working partnership to provide innovative online training to our staff members. A number of different e-learning courses are available one of which is the “Equality, Diversity & Inclusion” course.
The objective of this ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ course is to give all staff an understanding of the legislation involved, the principles within and an insight into how that may affect those working in a typical law firm.

Our Clients
Temple is fully committed to our Clients. We offer bespoke packages tailored to our client’s needs. We go out of our way to understand their requirements and also provide our clients with a designated account manager to ensure they receive an efficient service.
Temple’s TOPS online portal provides our clients with an easy, quick and comprehensive way to create and manage the policies for their schemes.

Our Staff
We encourage staff development and will fund our staff to participate in courses to develop their understanding and skills e.g. CII and CILEX courses. Not only does this provide our staff with more knowledge but it also ensures that we give our clients the best possible service.

Learning
We actively invest in R&D. We are open to suggestions and listen carefully to ideas.
Temple will try to continuously improve the way it operates.
Management must communicate this policy on all levels. Managers are also responsible for resolving any CSR issues.

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