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Firefish Group signs up to Mindful Business Charter

May 18, 2020

The last weeks and months have seen unprecedented and immediate changes to the ways in which many of us work. Those changes provide both opportunity and, at the same time, risk to the mental health of us all. Focussing on creating healthier and more effective ways of working, and doing so through open dialogue and collaboration, the Mindful Business Charter is more relevant and needed than ever.

The Mindful Business Charter is a movement of organisations collaborating together to change the way they work with each other and internally, to foster better working practices for mental health and wellbeing. It currently has 39 signatories, with a further 15 committing from a range of industries on 14th May. Although formal signature will be deferred to October 2020, by committing to the Charter, these new signatories are joining the collective commitment to change working practices to remove the unnecessary stress that can affect employees’ mental health and wellbeing, while also improving effective working and productivity.

New organisations committing to the charter along with Firefish Group are Allen & Overy, Allied Irish Banks, 4 New Square chambers, Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing, JMC Legal Recruitment, Linklaters, Matheson, Mills & Reeve, Pantheon Ventures, Shoosmiths, Travers Smith, Unilever, Ward Hadaway and Womble Bond Dickinson. In addition, Goldman Sachs signed up in January 2020.

Jem Fawcus, Firefish Group CEO, comments,

“I am delighted to be committing the Firefish Group to the Mindful Business Charter.  Our people are the most important part of our business, and the MBC provides a practical, flexible framework to reduce unproductive stress and support the wellbeing of the whole business – and I hope, in time, some more of our clients.”

Speaking on behalf of the founding group, Philip Aiken, Managing Director at Barclays said:

“Our initial vision for the MBC was to bring banks’ in-house legal teams and their legal services providers together to reach a shared agenda for mental health wellbeing. We are so encouraged to see not only several more of our counterparts signing 18 months on, but organisations across a variety of industries, which will accelerate our goal to see these principles applied in all organisations across all sectors.”

The MBC has the support of mental health charity Mind, the City Mental Health Alliance, the International Bar Association, the Law Societies of England and Wales and of Scotland, LawCare and the Solicitors Regulatory Authority.

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