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Congratulations to AusLSA member firms Minter Ellison, Herbert Smith Freehils and Allens who have been ranked 21st, 23rd and 25th, respectively on the Linkedin Top Companies list. All of these firms cited that success includes communication and listening to staff about the things that are the most important to them. Be sure to take a look at the 2018 AusLSA member report for these firms and see their initiatives in more detail.
Also see a press release from Minter Ellison about their ranking HERE.
A team of lawyers from AusLSA member firm, DLA Piper, have delivered the first "Know Your Rights Legal Empowerment Program" in Australia. This program is part of DLA Piper's global pro bono practice and empowers young refugees and migrants to stand up for their rights, and provides them with guidance on how to find legal help. DLA are proud to support participants develop their legal knowledge in this powerful program.
See the DLA Piper press release HERE.
A recent article from AusLSA member firm Clayton Utz examines issues where boards cannot ignore climate change risks in corporate decision making. Even given the current legislation, directors could be found liable for breaching their duty of care. This follows a raft of comments from ASIC, APRA and RBA on the same subject.
Read the report HERE, and be sure to consider if an AusLSA EMS risk register and plan is right for your firm.
Eighteen firms, many of whom are AusLSA member firms, have issued a joint public response to support the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart. This consensus is a major step forward to achieving reconciliation through Constitutional reform, a task at which law firms can play a driving and key role.
See the full Lawyers Weekly article here.
Nestlé have released their Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments 2018 Progress report, which provides an update against a set of publicly undertaken commitments towards 2020. Nestlé believe that business results and positive societal impact should be mutually reinforcing. To be successful in the long term, value must be created for both shareholders and society.
A great report with good examples of integration to the SDGs. Read it HERE.
In a view from Lexis/Nexis, a recent analysis by Nielsen showed that nearly half of US consumers would change brands to reduce their own environmental impact and people are less likely to do business with companies that are perceived as irresponsible.
Read the Lawyers Weekly article HERE and ignore CSR at your peril!.
The concept of CSR has changed over the past years, however the underlying concept of Shared Value and strategies that embrace social consciousness can drive growth and revenue. Consumers make decisions on where to buy and how to shop, and often these decisions are based on the social perceptions of a company. Take a look at the top five trends of the last five years HERE, an article from Sustainable Brands.
Congratulations to AusLSA member firm Ashurst, for the development of a platform available to all staff who are considering starting a family, preparing for a new addition or returning from parental leave. Ashurst have partnered with 'Circle in', a dedicated working parent support organisation and will be the first firm to take the program platform to a global scale. Read the Lawyers Weekly article HERE.
Both Houses of Parliament passed the Modern Slavery Bill on 29 November 2018, with assent on 10 December 2018. This Act requires entities based, or operating, in Australia, which have an annual consolidated revenue of more than $100 million, to report annually on the risks of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains, and actions to address those risks. Other entities based, or operating, in Australia may report voluntarily. AusLSA will work towards the integration of these reporting requirements into our SRAT in 2019.
Part of the stigma attached to addressing mental health issues is the perceived inability to speak openly.
AusLSA member firm Baker Mckenzie have a program called 'This is Me', which encourages people from all levels in the firm to speak out about how they are feeling. This can be a daunting experience that takes courage from the affected individual. Baker McKenzie are demonstrating they have the courage to help. Read the Lawyers Weekly story HERE.
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