1st April 2019
By Stephen Morgan, Partner
Corporate social responsibility or CSR has become one of the standard business practices of the twenty first century. More and more companies and organisations are setting and adopting policies and procedures which reflect their commitment to the social, environmental or ethical concerns of our times.
So when we considered our own CSR approach at Wise & Co, we chose two primary areas: the impact we make as a business on the environment both locally and globally, and our influence and effect on people and society.
One way of demonstrating this commitment and our sense of duty to “give back”, is by supporting local community clubs and in particular the younger generation. When Geoff Duncan, dad of under 10s rugby player Luca, contacted us to ask if we’d be interested in sponsoring Farnham Rugby Club’s 2019 Minis tour, we jumped at the chance.
The Wise & Co team count many keen sportspeople amongst their number – not just rugby players, but netballers, footballers, hockey players, cyclists and so on. I’m a keen sportsman myself and I found that taking part in sport at any early age, especially if it involves playing in a team, was invaluable as it taught me key skills which I use now in business. Think leadership, good communication, working together and mutual respect. Looking back I realise now the extent of what I learned whilst having a great time with all my friends.
When we met Geoff we talked about the importance of tours in children’s rugby. They’re a chance for the kids, the coaches and the parents to build team spirit, morale and above all establish a real team identity. Everyone benefits from the opportunity of getting to know one another better both on the field and off it. Breaking down barriers and seeing people in a different setting builds strong friendships as well as creating some great stories and memories for everyone.
Chatting to Geoff’s son, Luca, when we all met for a pre-tour photo and get together, he also told us what he thought! He’s anticipating great fun spending time with all his team mates and said that “because it’s the Rugby World Cup this autumn the team called it, the Samurai Tour!”
The Samurai tourists are heading off to Ladram Bay Holiday Park in Devon for an action-packed weekend of rugby on 6th and 7th April, and in the meantime they’re training hard! What’s my advice? Well go, go, go the Farnham Minis! Have a great tour and lots of fun!
Stephen is a general practice partner. He joined Wise & Co in 1994 where he trained as a chartered accountant and became a partner in 2006. He acts for a broad range of clients. They include many barristers, and individuals and companies working in the hospitality and leisure sector and in the media and entertainment sector. Stephen is skilled at providing them with practical advice dovetailing technical and commercial expertise. Outside work, Stephen remains a keen sportsman!