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It is common for sustainability, well-being, social impact and diversity and inclusion programs to have siloed ownership — where teams nearly compete against each other for resources and employee attention. REGISTER FOR WEBCAST
Do you know your gender pay gap? Improvements in the gender pay gap is one indicator that tells a firm where they are on the journey to gender equality and if women’s full potential is not being realised in your firm then it is probably costing you? The national theme for Equal Pay Day 2019 is ‘The gap matters’. The gender pay gap matters because it measures the extent of the barriers women face in the workforce.
For many years the big four accounting firms, and many other specialist firms, have been building successful integrated environmental, social and governance (ESG) advisory practices to meet growing demand from business. Today MinterEllison also launched its own integrated Responsible Business Practice focused on climate risk and sustainability, business and human rights, responsible finance and investment, and governance and conduct. READ MORE
The American Bar Association (ABA) has adopted a resolution urging all levels of government as well as the private sector to “to recognize their obligation to address climate change and take action” to “[r]educe U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to net zero or below as soon as possible, consistent with the latest peer-reviewed science.” The ABA’s House of Delegates, the policy-making body for the organization, adopted the resolution without dissent at its annual meeting in San Francisco. READ MORE
Its sometimes useful to look over the fence to see whats happening in other countries to compare progress and top see what we can learn. The American Bar Association “This report is an important reference for anyone who wants to understand where the legal profession came from and where it stands today,” ABA President Bob Carlson said. The ABA provides a great analysis and discussion of lawyer diversity READ HERE
Studies show that companies actively pursuing a renewable energy strategy appear to be financially more profitable than their competitors. Companies that have a balanced and integrated approach to energy procurement will be better able to balance cost, risk and reliability while meeting their sustainability goals. How can companies get started developing a renewable procurement strategy? It requires taking a holistic approach to their overall energy-sourcing, combined with a practical application of that strategy. Here are five steps to begin.
ESG can be a dry subject so strong storytelling around sustainability initiatives is needed to help organisations create clarity and amplify social and environmental impact while satisfying demands for increased transparency Sharing your organisation's values and priorities to internal and external audience is critical to sustain a supporting commitment and culture. Without a clear path to follow, many corporate sustainability leaders find themselves lost in the dark; what they need is a guide. READ MORE
"while the cultures needed to address mental health in law are stating to shift, there is a long way to go..." says Mellissa Larkin, CEO of Peripheral Blue. Such cultures need to include 'safe spaces' to support staff and need a top-down, collaborative approach to prioritising the well-being of staff. Flexibility, work-life balance and a collegiate environment are included as critical success factors. We encourage our members to read this very appropriate and interesting article from Lawyers Weekly HERE.
Awards are one of the best places to get information about what works and what your peers are doing. Entering awards is a great opportunity to get experts in a field to review and benchmark your programs. Even if you don't enter they are a safe place to see what other firms are doing, come up with new ideas and articulate the business case for increased involvement. A great example is the Workplace Giving awards READ MORE
The Meritas Australian and New Zealand 2019 Wellness survey has found that a high percentage of legal professionals are,or know someone close, who is suffering depression, and that opening up about this to your employer and colleagues is a barrier. Mary Digiglio, Meritas ANZ Regional Committee Chair and managing partner of AusLSA member firm Swaab, says that leaders need to be open about how they deal with these issues, and a firm's commitment to well-being should be based on hit it responds. Read the Lawyers Weekly article HERE.
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