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Who isn't looking for some reason for optimism to start 2020 and to see some signs of positive change in our society and economy?... I know I am. Each year the 2020 State of Green Business surveys the S&P 1200 and S&P 500. The results might surprise you. Read the full Report Here
Last summer, 181 CEOs signed the Business Roundtable’s new memo on the “Purpose of a Corporation,” which emphasized their commitment to customers, employees, suppliers, and communities more broadly. And when it comes to addressing difficult economic, environmental and societal challenges, these companies are starting in their own backyards – partnering with communities to provide the investment and innovative solutions needed to revitalize local economies and improve lives. Read More Here
The last decade has seen strong progress from the corporate world, with more and more companies building effective ways to foster and encourage inclusivity and diversity. ... And according to recent research, there is no doubt that LGBT-inclusive companies attract better talent and decrease employee turnover. Read More
The Government has now launched new guidance to assist businesses and to explain in plain language what entities need to do to comply with the Act following the introduction of Australia’s Modern Slavery Act, on 1 January 2019.
The guidelines and the Department’s other modern slavery resources can be found HERE
AusLSA recognises the commitments and achievements of the finalists in the Women in Law Awards - Diversity Law Firm of the Year; Ashurst, Clayton Utz, Coleman Greig Lawyers, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Dentons, Gilbert + Tobin, King & Wood Mallesons, McCullough Robertson, Shine Lawyers and Sparke Helmore Lawyers. We hope that you will review the other achievements if these firms in the upcoming 2019 AusLSA Sustainability Insight.
AusLSA is proud to support and recommend the Women In Law - The Next 100 Years seminar. The activity, commitments and progress of many AusLSA member firms to improve gender equality should be an inspiration to others both within and outside our industry. RSVP
There has been a lot of press in the past week about the new Modern Slavery Legislation. At the very least, businesses with a revenue threshold of $100M (or $50M in NSW) will be required to publish Modern Slavery Statements which address supply chain risks. If you still don't know what this is about, there is a great article from Lawyers Weekly HERE and another from Monash Business School HERE.
Modern Slavery legislation in Australia was enacted on 1 January 2019 and, in readiness for mandatory Modern Slavery reporting it's time to start considering whether or not your suppliers are behaving ethically. This is a significant task, and you might ask what difference you can make, but collectively, this is a step in the right direction.
See how Norton Rose Fulbright are looking at this issue in an article from Lawyers Weekly HERE.
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
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