For the management team that has developed projects or initiatives run by businesses that play an active part in the social and economic regeneration of communities, and which, in terms of both scale and longevity, are making a lasting positive impact on the key and often complex issues facing the communities in which they operate.
FTI Consulting have developed a long-term programme, in partnership with Young Citizens, that addresses a key education gap. Using its expertise and the skills of employees, it is supporting young people to understand economics, the impact of Brexit and the media. The firm has an impressive track record, having reached over 33,000 young people since 2012, and ambitious plans to work with their clients to reach 500,000 by 2030. The judges were impressed by the strong support from FTI’s management team and employees, and the way that the firm is engaging clients to support the programme and using the programme to support recruitment.
Lucy Porter, the team from FTI Consulting and Andy Melia (Business in the Community)
Winner's quote:“FTI Consulting were absolutely delighted to be recognised at the Managing Partners' Forum Awards for Best Community Engagement for their flagship volunteer programme Experts in Schools. We are extremely lucky to have dedicated professionals across the firm who can facilitate lively debate to young people on hard to teach topics like Brexit and fake news and to work with such a dynamic charity, Young Citizens, who partner with FTI on the programmes. This award has given the programme such a boost and everyone involved from designers to content creators should be very proud.” Kirsty Christie, Corporate Citizenship Manager EMEA at FTI Consulting
A&L Goodbody is responding to one of the biggest social issues in Ireland by developing an end-to-end legal support clinic, in partnership with Focus Ireland and MLRC, for people who are facing homelessness. With almost 20% of A&L Goodbody legal staff supporting the clinic, including 10% of the firm’s partnership, A&L has demonstrated a powerful example of pro bono support, delivering 1,780 hours of advice in the last 12 months. Judges were particularly impressed by the commitment of the firm’s leadership, and the depth of support provided to clients, which goes beyond advice to active representation.