Corporate responsibility

Delivering a valued contribution to the wider local community

At Vail Williams, we believe that creating a great place to work breeds a positive, supportive and nurturing culture.

Core to achieving this is our approach to corporate responsibility (CSR), which enables us to positively impact the communities in which we operate.

VW Care, as we like to call it, supports our purpose and values, and allows us to put something meaningful back into the communities in which we work.

Find out more about just some of our initiatives.

Charity of the year

We are delighted to be supporting registered charity, Canal & River Trust.

Looking after 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales, we pledge our support to help them transform canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better.

With ever increasing rates of obesity, stress and declining mental health in the UK, Canal & River Trust is uniquely placed to make a significant contribution to improving the wellbeing of millions of people.

The canals and rivers in their care run through some of the most heavily populated communities in England and Wales, providing accessible green and blue space where it’s needed the most.

Working with the them we have developed a staff volunteering programme with opportunities to help maintain and restore waterways close to our wide network of offices. This gives our teams the chance to deliver real environmental and social impact through various activities from maintenance of locks and towpaths to providing new habitat for our most endangered wildlife.

It is an honour to play a small part in protecting and enhancing the natural environments of some of the canals and rivers in their care, as well as preserving the heritage of waterways for future generations to enjoy.

We are delighted to have Vail Williams on board as one of our corporate partners. Through volunteering with the Trust at various waterway locations nationwide, the regional teams at Vail Williams are making a real difference to their local communities. Activities undertaken in 2022 included lock painting and graffiti removal, litter picking, path maintenance, bulb planting and vegetation management. We have been delighted by the enthusiasm, positive team working and ‘can do’ attitudes shown and look forward to planning further volunteering opportunities for Vail Williams in 2023.

Caroline Robson - Business & Corporate Engagement Partner, Canal & River Trust

Supporting a sustainable future

We recognise the important responsibility we have in minimising our impact on the environment.

That’s why our regional sustainability champions help us to run a variety of firmwide initiatives to help us operate as efficiently as possible – for the benefit of our clients, our people and the communities in which we operate.

This includes our Grow Green programme with Ripple Africa and Fruitful Office where for every fruit basket our firm consumes, a fruit tree is planted in Malawi – amounting to some 240 trees last year.

For more information on our commitment to the environment, download our environmental policy.

Vail Williams’ Net Zero Carbon Commitments

At Vail Williams, we are committed to achieving net zero carbon by 2030. As part of this, we plan to reduce our carbon emissions by 10% year on year, through a variety of means – from the amount and ways in which we travel, to the energy efficiency of the buildings in which we reside – and more!

For more information about our planned transition to net zero, you can download our Environmental Policy and Annual Reports below.

Vail Williams Annual Carbon Report 2021/22

More about us

Learn more about us, from our unique approach, how we add value to clients, our positive impact in our communities, and our journey so far.