Branscombe Group joins the Mindful Business Charter

Branscombe Group commits to Mindful Business Charter to foster better working practices for mental health and wellbeing

Branscombe Group has signed the Mindful Business Charter, joining a wide range of businesses and professional service firms around the world in a collective commitment to address the avoidable stresses in our working practices and to promote healthier and more effective ways of working. The Charter, originally launched by Barclays and law firms Pinsent Masons and Addleshaw Goddard in October 2018, brings organisations and their service providers together to reach a shared agenda for mental health and wellbeing.

At an event marking World Mental Health Day, Branscombe Group will pledge its commitment to abide by a set of principles centred on openness and respect for each other, improved communication, respect for working hours and considerate delegation of tasks.

In the midst of all of the upheaval and change brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Mindful Business Charter continues to provide organisations and individuals with the framework, permission and challenge to dare to be different and to work together across the business community to rehumanise the workplace. Its focus on creating an open and respectful culture and dialogue seeks to ensure that whatever the broader context in which we are being required to work, how we work and how we interact with each other should be thoughtful, mindful, and shaped as far as possible to eliminate unnecessary stress so that we can work both more effectively and more healthily – so that we can all thrive.

Carolyn Long, HR Director, Branscombe Group, commented:

“This is an important step for Branscombe Group. All of our companies – Houston, Hillgate, Black Ox, Six Two and Frank and Furious – pride themselves on their approach to people. As a Group, we want to embed working practices that enable our people to be at their best. This means taking a proactive approach to mental health and wellbeing so that we all feel comfortable about our life in the workplace.”

Kate Hoare, CEO of Houston, part of Branscombe Group, said:

“We are committed to the wellbeing of our colleagues and to creating a culture that treats people with respect and kindness. The Mindful Business Charter will help us to further build an environment that puts people first and tackles the challenges of stress and mental health head on. The world of work is evolving and it’s important that every company takes responsibility for making it a better place.”

Mary Peterson, chair of the trustees and Head of Talent and Learning at Addleshaw Goddard LLP, one of the founders of MBC, said:

“The last 18 months have been challenging for many businesses, with employees grappling with a new concept of ‘living at work’ and a lack of boundaries. As such, the MBC, with its focus on reducing avoidable stress and helping to maintain boundaries to promote better wellbeing, is more relevant than ever. In that context it is laudable that Branscombe Group has demonstrated its public commitment to healthier working practices and positive change by joining our growing group of signatories.”

Richard Martin, director of byrne·dean and leading on their Charter work, said: 

“At times of great challenge and change, simple truths and values that are truly cherished provide us with the direction and answers we need to guide us through. The Charter is simple – be more mindful, more aware, of the impact we have on each other and give each other the permission to talk about it, to be brave, and to ask for what we need to enable us to function at our best and to thrive. The times through which we are all living continue to challenge the notion of work and of workplace. There could not be a more opportune moment for Branscombe Group to join the movement and we are so pleased to have them aboard and contributing to the collective efforts of all the signatories to rehumanise the workplace.”

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 and Singapore, LawCare, the Solicitors Regulatory Authority and the Lord Mayor of London’s Appeal.

Further information on the Mindful Business Charter can be found at www.mindfulbusinesscharter.com or contact richard.martin@byrnedean.com or lisa.swinney@byrnedean.com.

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