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An important message from the Chair of AusLSA

11 June 2014 11:57 AM | Anonymous member
An important message from the Chair of AusLSA
The Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA) was launched just three years ago. Over that time, AusLSA has grown to represent 47 law firms including 70% of the largest 50 firms from across Australia and nearly 20,000 Australian lawyers.

Working together, our alliance of members has established new standards across the legal sector: more than half of Australia’s largest firms are now monitoring and publicly reporting on their environmental impacts. We have set new benchmarks, we are defining best practice and we are all helping each other become better, more efficient, more sustainable legal practices.

Over the last 3 years, General Membership fees have represented a very modest investment in a developing organisation that now provides significant value for the membership. These membership fees have remained static since the organisation was founded, and the Board has determined that a modest increase  in fees will allow AusLSA to update and expand our programs and member benefits 
(more info here).

AusLSA will also be pursuing other revenue opportunities which will increase the resilience of the organisation and ensure the long term viability of our programs.

In the next three years, AusLSA aims to provide additional value to the membership with new resources and opportunities, but on behalf of the Board and the Executive members, I ask for you continued investment in AusLSA in order to so.

Yours sincerely,

Stuart Clark
Chair, AusLSA
Partner, Clayton Utz

What have we achieved?
Reporting Framework
A simple but effective tool customised for legal practice that records the environmental impacts that are most material for law firms.

Annual Report
Four high quality annual reports delivering a published Environmental Profile for participating members (31, at last count). Industry analysis and benchmarking that provides insight into the practices and progress of the legal sector.

National Symposia focussing on staff engagement, quarterly networking meetings supporting and encouraging the staff who lead the change plus webinars, videoconferencing and other face to face meetings on paper practices, energy reduction strategies, the challenges of business travel, office fit outs and recycling, commuting practices, etc…

Sharing best practice
Through GreenThemes, case studies, ideas and inspiration, newsletters, networking meetings and a central hub of knowledge on sustainability in legal practice.

Environmental Management System
An EMS framework tailored for the legal sector that helps law firms systematically organise their environmental programs as well as supporting responses to supply chain questionnaires.

On sustainability services and programs such as Sustainability Advantage and Climate Friendly carbon offsetting. 

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