As a firm, we are driven by people achieving their potential – our internal people and our clients. And we believe it is our responsibility to harness our potential and give back to the communities around us. By providing support and guidance to local people, businesses and charities, we are helping empower communities reach their potential and achieve their goals.
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As a firm, we believe it is important to give something back to the communities where we operate. We have several long-term volunteering and fundraising initiatives in place that staff actively look forward to taking part in.
In 2017, we launched a new initiative, our charity partner programme, to enable the firm and a charity to actively engage with each other.
Our staff enthusiastically embrace the chance to volunteer, fundraise and give pro bono support to the charity. Meanwhile, the charity gives us access to a wide range of activities and practical guidance in their own field of work.
As a people first business, we are committed to ensuring that our people feel supported and valued. In 2018, our people chose mental health charity Mind to be our charity partner and we have been working with them since to embed a greater depth of wellbeing within our culture.
Our wellbeing framework is designed to enable our people to reach their full potential. This includes developing trained mental health first aiders in all of our offices, building a wellbeing network, taking part in the Mind wellbeing index and leading from the top when it comes to discussing all aspects of mental health and wellbeing.
We understand some of the challenges that organisations may face when starting to implement a wellbeing strategy of their own. Our goal is to use our platform and experience to extend the conversation on wellbeing and mental health outside of our organisation and beyond. We hope that by having these conversations we can empower others to bring about positive change, and can learn from our community as we continue our own journey.
On this page you will find a variety of resources designed to signpost some of the tools that are available to every organisation. We are here and actively listening, so please get in touch if you have any queries, suggestions or would like to get involved.
Moore Kingston Smith leads the way in putting the spotlight on mental health
To mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October, Moore Kingston Smith is pleased to jointly launch a mental health video that they have sponsored featuring a song called ‘Talk it out’. The top 20 accountancy and business advisory firm is fully behind raising awareness about mental health concerns and helping reduce the associated stigma.
In sponsoring this video, Moore Kingston Smith is reinforcing its continued commitment to improving workplace wellbeing. In collaboration with charity partner Mind, the firm has trained an in-house team of 15 mental health first aiders, run educational seminars and organised awareness-raising initiatives for its people.
Moore Kingston Smith managing partner Maureen Penfold said: “We’re delighted to sponsor this video. The more everyone talks about mental health, the more everyone benefits. The video tells a moving heartfelt story accompanied by a catchy soundtrack and specially composed song. Also, some of our people had the chance to appear in the video, playing extras in some of the scenes.”
The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is ‘Choose To Challenge’. A challenged world is an alert world. And from challenge comes change. We have put together a short video with some of our staff dispelling various myths surrounding being a woman in the workplace. Coming together is vital if we want to see real change.
For last year’s International Women’s Day, we collated interviews from inspiring women at Moore Kingston Smith. Women from all areas of the firm shared their experiences of changing their worlds and environments, in the community and workplace. They highlight what motivates and drives their passions from professional to personal projects and how this has enhanced their career progression.
As trusted business advisers to the media and charities sectors, we wanted to invest in the sectors where we work. We understand that fundraising is the principal activity of a charity and that time and money are precious resources.
So, we created an opportunity for charities and film producers to work together to produce something creative, tangible and positive in the form of a short film that raises awareness of a worthwhile cause.
Moore Kingston Smith’s Creative Vision Award (MKSCVA) offers charities the chance to have a short animated film made to promote their work. Each film is worth £150,000 and can be used on social media, TV and online platforms. The films are created under the guidance of renowned industry professionals by students and recent graduates of animation and visual effects – kudos for them as well as the charities.
The MKSCVA has been running since 2015 and our winning charities have been able to make a real difference as a result of their winning films. Watch their videos here – they’re incredibly compelling!
Are you inspired to enter your charity next year? Or do you know a charity that should apply?
Visit the MKSCVA website for full details.
For several years, Moore Kingston Smith has been organising an annual Action Day. Some 500 people from within the firm and associated businesses team up to spend the day working in local communities in London. Schools, adventure playgrounds, residential care homes, halfway houses, city farms and YMCAs all get lavished with our industry-grade elbow grease.
We work with local projects and charities where we can make a real difference. Building repairs, painting and decorating, manure shovelling, reading assistance, pond dredging…nothing is too much effort.
The time spent organising the day plus the time out of the office on Action Day itself amounts to some £400,000 per annum. However, the aggregate contribution we make to our local communities is far greater than this because so many people benefit from it.