Putting charity into recruitment

At Route1, we use technology to introduce transparency, integrity and efficiency to legal recruiting.  We also want to change the ethical perceptions that can surround recruitment.  In 2017, we decided to replace cash referral fees with a charitable donation when a referred candidate was successfully placed into a job on Route1.   We have now decided to extend this charitable element to every associate hire we facilitate using our platform’s cost savings.  This way we can effect positive ethical practice in the recruitment process, delivering £500 to War Child – our chosen charity partner – and £500 to the hiring employer’s charity of choice, upon every successful associate hire.  War Child UK is a specialist charity supporting children to recover from the trauma of conflict, providing protection and education to vulnerable children caught in war.

In doing this we also hope to change the referral dynamic that assumes people will “trade” their friends and colleagues for monetary gain.  We want our candidates to make their next career move via Route1 feeling that they are making an immediate and tangible contribution to their new employer’s charity of choice and CSR policy, as they walk through its doors.

Example charity nominees of our clients

Addleshaw Goddard have nominated Centrepoint
Allen & Overy have nominated
The Allen & Overy Foundation
Ashurst have nominated Shelter
Ashfords have nominated Alzheimer’s Society
Axiom have nominated Cause4
BLP have nominated Autistica
Bird & Bird have nominated the Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Boodle Hatfield have nominated Dementia UK
Bristows LLP have nominated Secondary1st
Browne Jacobson have nominated the Edward’s Trust
Burges Salmon have nominated Bristol Mind
Burness Paull have nominated Burness Paull Foundation
Charles Russell Speechlys have nominated Place2Be
Clifford Chance have nominated The Clifford Chance Foundation
Clyde & Co have nominated Together for Short Lives
DLA Piper have nominated Unicef
DWF have nominated the DWF Foundation
Eversheds Sutherland Agile have nominated the Eversheds Sutherland Business Lawyers Charitable Trust
Geldards have nominated Barnados
Gowling WLG have nominated Dementia UK
Irwin Mitchell have nominated The Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation
Joelson have nominated Trekstock
KPMG have nominated NSPCC
Linklaters have nominated The Linklaters Foundation
Macfarlanes have nominated Place2Be
MBM Commercial have nominated the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund
Peters & Peters have nominated Contact The Elderly
Pinsent Masons have nominated WE
PwC Legal have nominated The PwC Foundation
Rix & Kay have nominated the EHE Rare Cancer Charity
Royds Withy King have nominated Clic Sargent