As a values-led business, social responsibility is embedded at the heart of our culture. As a result, we have an active and involved community and CSR programme, from local start-ups, to world-wide organisations. Some of our largest partnerships include:
Climate positive workforce - Ecologi
We have partnered with Ecologi to become a climate positive workforce and help secure the future of our planet. Instead of just becoming climate neutral, we’re actively creating positive impact by overestimating what we’re emitting and covering the carbon costs. Every single one of our employees is completely covered for their day-to-day life, holidays, travel, etc., not just their work-related emissions.
Our money will go towards a mix of planting hundreds of trees each month and funding a range of world-changing, climate-tackling projects, including reforestation, renewables, and efficient cooking stoves everywhere from Uganda to India.
La Fosse pro-bono
In 2018, we launched a first-of-its-kind, pro-bono recruitment and advisory practice to help charities combat the threat of a cyber attack on their organisations. This groundbreaking programme sees world-leading cybersecurity professionals placed into advisory positions at charities and NFPs that need advice and support, for free. Launched with an event at the RAC late last year, the scheme is unique within the recruitment industry. The initiative has already been a success, with five cybersecurity professionals already committing to support organisations on an advisory basis.
"Care is a founding principle of La Fosse, - which includes caring for others, not just our clients and candidates, so it's great to see that so many share this view. We've been able to use the strength of our network to match some fantastic charities to some of the best expertise in the country. A heartfelt thank you to everyone in and out of La Fosse who has donated time and resource to make this happen."
Pro-bono work for Amnesty International - Helping businesses because it's the right thing to do
Charities such as Amnesty International often struggle to recruit top talent in the cyber security space due to high salary expectations that they cannot meet. Despite this, these organisations are most in need of expert cyber security advice: they collect both personal and financial information, process payments, and are often coming up against potentially harmful factions in their work, making them an easy target for hackers.
After forming a good relationship with Amnesty, we were keen to help. We approached top professionals in our cyber security network to ask if they would be interested in supporting Amnesty International on a consultative basis for a few days per quarter. Neither La Fosse nor the cyber security experts involved gain any monetary remuneration for this work.
Off the back of the success of our initial partnership with Amnesty, we are now setting up a self-perpetuating structure, whereby each charity we engage with goes on to recommend five others who they think could benefit most from our help.
Moet school sponsorship
An amazing, community-based, co-educational day school for over 250 orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi; we are proud to have worked with MOET since 2009 by donating contributions from our profit monthly. In addition, some La Fossians have generously chosen to make monthly contributions from their salary to boost this commitment. MOET is close to our heart, and we love receiving our monthly photo updates from them!
Today, more than 1 in 4 children in England leave primary school unable to read to the expected standard. These children often struggle for the rest of their lives, with poor literacy leading to limited job prospects, poor health and low self-esteem. Bookmark is an exciting literacy charity that is helping children to develop the reading skills they need to succeed in school and beyond, by creating flexible volunteering at the heart of our communities.
For every client invoice paid to us within 14 days, we make a donation of £10 to Bookmark Reading Charity. Given the volume of contracts we send a month, the potential for Bookmark - and all the children who they support - is huge. Also, individual members of our tea volunteer with Bookmark for their six-week reading programme.
We proudly sponsor BEAM, a London-based social-impact organisation, funding employment training for individuals who are homeless or at risk of being so. Beam, recommended to the individuals by a charity, helps them to raise the funds necessary to gain vocational degrees and qualifications in industries such as construction, hospitality and teaching, enabling them to leave homelessness behind for good.
Secret Leaders features podcasts and live interviews with key figures from the UK tech and creative ecosystem. From entrepreneurs (both early and latter stage), to journalists, VCs, and even royalty, the series profiles those who have helped shape the nation's culture of innovation and growth. We have previously partnered with Secret Leaders as a sponsor for their live event series, which you can learn more about here.
Tech entrepreneurs Dan Murray and Rich Martell launched season two alongside Blippar’s Jess Butcher and Shazam’s Dhiraj Mukherjee. Available on iTunes and Spotify, as well as secretleaders.com.
In the new series Dan and Rich are joined by David Buttress, former Just Eat CEO, co-founder of Café Rouge, Karen Jones, and Riccardo Zacconi, co-founder of King (the makers of Candy Crush). They discuss the successes and failures they have experienced as leaders, and share the wisdom they have gathered along the way.
Like the Secret Leaders podcast, La Fosse Associates has been doing things differently to help support fast-growing tech companies since its inception. CEO James Parker said: “Secret Leaders is essential listening for both the dynamic companies we are proud to call our clients, and the talented individuals we connect them with.”
Secret Leaders producer Rich Martell said: "We are delighted to partner with La Fosse on Secret Leaders as we launch series two. A large proportion of our listener base are founders of high-growth businesses and hiring is the number one issue so it's great to work with a company with the reputation that La Fosse has."
Visit secretleaders.com for more information about the podcast, or subscribe with iTunes or Spotify. For more advice, insights, and intelligence, visit La Fosse Associates’ Executive Insights blog, or get in touch with the team directly.