Route1 – putting charitable giving at the heart of our strategy

At Route1, we use technology to introduce transparency, integrity and efficiency to legal recruiting.  But we also want to change the ethical perceptions that can surround recruitment.  In 2017, we decided to replace cash referral fees when a referred candidate is successfully placed into a job on Route1 with a charitable donation.   We have now decided to extend this charitable element to every hire made on Route1. 

We can do this because we don’t use armies of cold callers to solicit our candidates – they elect to sign up and manage their profile data – themselves.  As a result, our operating costs are significantly lower than a traditional recruitment firm.  We make use of these cost savings to effect positive ethical practice in the recruitment process, delivering £500 to War Child – our chosen charity partner – and £500 to the hiring employer’s charity of choice, upon every successful hire.  War Child UK is a specialist charity supporting children to recover from the trauma of conflict, providing protection and education to vulnerable children caught in war.

In doing this we hope to change the referral dynamic that assumes people will “trade” their friends and colleagues for monetary gain.  We want our candidates to make their next career move via Route1 feeling that they are making an immediate and tangible contribution to their new employer’s charity of choice and CSR policy, as they walk through its doors.

Example charity nominees of our clients

Ashurst has nominated Shelter

Ashfords have nominated the Alzheimer’s Society

MBM Commercial have nominated the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund

Royds Withy King has nominated Clic Sergent