The Carlyle CSR Fund

The Carlyle CSR Fund was established to allow us to use our skills and expertise to partner with third sector organisations on a pro-bono or subsidised basis to deliver key appointments within their leadership teams and Boards.

The Fund is also leveraged to enable us to share our knowledge and experience with a broad range of community organisations. Beyond Executive Search, we have provided pro-bono guidance as panel members and consultants to social enterprises and membership bodies through selection processes. Our Research Team has also conducted extensive mapping and remuneration benchmarking for the third sector to assist in resource-allocation decision making.

Recently, we have worked with Edinburgh Young Carers, Kohima Educational Trust, Social Enterprise Academy, Social Enterprise Scotland and The National Trust for Scotland.

The Fund also sponsors a charity partner every year, our current partner is the Edinburgh Food Project which provide eight foodbanks across Edinburgh and run projects that offer a range of support to people including: benefits and debt advice, housing and employment, mental health support, as well as a Money Advice Service.

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Working with local charities

We partner with local charities and work closely with organisations selected by our team and regularly sponsor and collaborate with charities to support the investment in communities across Scotland.

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Hopscotch Children’s Charity

We support Hopscotch through fundraising events to provide financial support as well as to raise awareness about the charity to our client and candidate network. With a vision to provide respite breaks for some of Scotland’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, Hopscotch provide young people from all over Scotland with a nurturing and dynamic week of experiences. Hopscotch provide a full week of wonderful holiday experiences to create lasting childhood memories that every child deserves to have and hold.

Read more about the charity and how you can also help impact a child’s life.

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Trees for Life

We work with Trees for Life, a conservation charity dedicated to rewilding the Scottish Highlands. With 44 tree planting sites, they have planted nearly two million trees. We plant a tree for every placement we make in our own ‘Carlyle Grove’. The continual support of Trees for Life seeks to aid the Scottish Government in their climate change commitments of planting 15,000 hectares a year by 2024/25.

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We fund courses and educational materials and take part in charity events within our industry to encourage learning and growth, enabling our team and peers to reach their full potential. We have successfully partnered with Scottish universities to employ and mentor Saltire students. We also provide internships for aspiring business leaders as well as utilising our knowledge and networks to match people who can help and support each other in personal and business development.

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In addition to our charity initiatives, Carlyle also partners with other organisations through our various memberships. Carlyle serves as a business partner to Edinburgh Rugby, supporting match day games at Murrayfield and abroad. Further to this Carlyle is also a founding member of the Scottish Family Business Association, supporting their regular conferences and providing guests speakers when required.

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Diversity & Inclusion: Nexus

In an effort to support our Diversity and Inclusion initiative, Carlyle is a founding member of the Nexus Network – an all-female senior leader network which promotes and facilitates networking and discussion around topical issues affecting our businesses. The network encourages women in senior roles to engage with and build their professional networks. We coordinate selected events to support the initiative and encourage progressive leadership in Senior Executive and Non-Executive roles.