Corporate Social Responsibility

Ethos

As a firm, we are committed to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and philanthropic giving. Our aim is to improve our impact outside our practice and to engage in the wider social issues that affect the UK and the city in which we are based. We feel that engaging the team with CSR has and will increase the good we can do collectively and individually, and opens our eyes to issues which often go unseen in the private client and wealth advisory industry.

Charity of the year

The firm’s nominated charity of the year is Resources for Autism, a local London charity which provides practical services for children and adults with a diagnosis of autism and for those who love and care for them.

Fundraising initiatives to date include the, always welcome, NQP Bake Off and the annual NQP charity quiz.

Charities which have benefitted from the quiz’s substantial fundraising in previous years include:

2019 – The Amy Winehouse Foundation (AWF) project ‘Amy’s Place’ in Camden.

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 ‘Amy’s Place’ is a recovery house specifically for young women aged 18-30, who are overcoming drug and alcohol addiction. This is one of the very few projects in the country which provides a safe home and supported environment where young women can learn to re-build their lives after leaving addiction treatment services. 

2018 – The London Air Ambulance

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The London Air Ambulance is very close to our hearts following an amazing rescue operation in April 2017 when one of our team, Jay Burdett, had an accident and fell head first down a flight of concrete stairs. He suffered multiple closed depressed fractures to the skull, bleeds on the brain and was in a coma for a week. He was flown to the Royal London Hospital by London’s Air Ambulance and was told by his doctor that if it wasn’t for London’s Air Ambulance, he probably wouldn’t still be here.

2017 – Vatsalya Foundation

In 2016 NQP partner Kiran Vasudeva visited the Vatsalya Foundation in Mumbai  to see first hand the work they do to provide shelter, education and food for street children in Mumbai. NQPF has focused donations on the set up of the Bandra Vocational Training Centre for Girls and this project was the main beneficiary of the first quiz in 2017.

Other initiatives we are supporting

We encourage our workforce to donate time and other resources to causes on which they can have a positive effect.

  • We are currently working closely with the Resurgo Spear project helping young people facing disadvantage into work or education. A number of our lawyers volunteer their specialist skills helping Spear programme candidates with mock interviews and presentation feedback as well as attending the Industry Panel sessions which are a Q&A panel session for the young people on the Spear programme to learn about different careers and
  • Individual team members are also involved with London Catalyst, an independent grant-making trust tackling poverty and improving health in London since 1873.
  • The team also supports the work of the London Legal Support Trust which funds Law Centres and pro bono agencies in and around London.
  • Several team members have also been involved with the King Solomon Academy careers week. To quote KSA: “KSA is a high achieving school in a very deprived area. For many of our kids, a lack of understanding of the working world is a major barrier to finding and sustaining employment. Meeting people like those who work for you is a great way to help overcome this barrier.” One of our team members, Wesleigh Kirby, had this to say about the experience:

“I attended today’s speed networking event as I have a particular interest in assisting those who aren’t given enough opportunities to succeed and pursue their career ambitions. Meeting the Year 11 students reminded me of concerns I shared at that age and I recall not receiving enough accurate information to informatively choose my own career path. Being able to share successes and failures I made in advancing my career with students who are often left to make life changing decisions at the age of 16-18 brought me a huge amount of satisfaction. I find there are numerous schools that do not focus enough on real “life skills” and it is a pleasure to be part of today’s programme at King Solomon Academy.”

The Heart of the City

The firm is also proud to be a member of The Heart of the City Programme which encourages “responsible business” practices.

The environment

We encourage the recycling of all paper, tin, glass, cardboard and plastic. Individual members of the team have embraced this, with a number of them volunteering to act as “Tree and Planet Defenders” and policing the unnecessary use of paper and plastic bags by their colleagues.

New Quadrant Foundation (NQF)

As we work with clients on their philanthropic aims and aspirations, as well as administering a number of charitable trusts, it was a natural step for us to set up our own charitable entity, New Quadrant Foundation.

All of our team are encouraged to engage in charitable activity by means of Give As You Earn into NQF. Individuals can choose charities they wish to support and NQF will match their grants.

Leadership by example

Alexa Collis leads our CSR programme. As well as coordinating all firm-wide fundraising activity and charitable initiatives, Alexa is independently:

  • a trustee of The Sporting Chance Clinic – a charity established by Tony Adams MBE that supports individuals and organisations across sports to address mental health, emotional welfare and addictive disorders; and
  • a volunteer with First Star Academies UK which aims to improve the lives of looked- after children and young people by partnering with, amongst others, universities and local school heads to run academies to ensure that looked-after young people have the academic, life skills and adult support needed to successfully transition to higher education and adulthood.

Alexa also acts pro bono for the Asfari Foundation, a grant making charity with a mission to educate young people in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and the UK and to strengthen civil society organisations in their communities.

She is a member of Philanthropy Impact and also a member of the RSA (the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).