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Working collaboratively to promote sustainable practice across the legal sector
It has never been more important for Australian law firms to demonstrate their corporate citizenship and to communicate their commitments and performance to their staff and customers.
AusLSA’s sustainability framework contains many critical elements that are practised by law firms to support their workforce, customers and the community following Australia’s 2019-20 bush fire tragedy and now during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is crucial that AusLSA members continue to develop, deliver, monitor and report on these sustainability programs for their community.
AusLSA will continue to deliver its support and programs to AusLSA members. We are carefully monitoring the needs and capacity of our members to ensure our programs are fine-tuned and delivered in a suitable way to allow all members to benefit.
If you wish to discuss AusLSA and its programs further please contact us HERE
Who has the responsibility — or the right — to tackle complex problems like poverty and climate change. How are nonprofits and funders evolving in response to changing community needs. What is just, and what is kind? These questions are shaped by and interpreted through the lens' of larger world forces like justice, equality, civic trust, and compassion.
Experts and thought leaders from the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy explore 11 trends in philanthropy for 2020. Read their finding HERE
Its time to apply what we have learned from addressing cultural and gender inequality and the diversity and inclusion frameworks to address inequality experienced by people with a disability. A study from Cardiff University found the exclusion of disabled people places unspoken boundaries on disabled workers.
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Your company’s purpose will not be found by commissioning a white paper or creating a complicated strategy document. It will emerge organically from an honest interrogation of what you’re truly about, what your people are about, and what feels easy to stand behind.
For a long time environmental certification has been pursued as a panacea to allow us to distill complex information and to make ethical consumer choices that align with our values. But not all certifications are equal. Consumer research has found that company sustainability claims are much more credible when they are coupled with independent verification. Put simply, consumers trust when you verify. This is especially true when it comes to forests.
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Parts of the Government and industry argue that the economic cost and human sacrifice of transitioning from Australia's successful past are too high to justify meaningful action on climate change. But sobering economic forecasts are being released almost weekly including the latest report that estimates the global cost of climate change at $15 trillion by 2050 with $29 billion being lost annually to the Australian economy.
Class actions in industries like agricultural chemicals, pharmaceuticals, asbestos to tobacco are becoming more mainstream. History and the courts pursuing companies who knew (or should have known) about the risks of their products and decisions and didn't manage or disclose the risk effectively. Is climate change next? Former Chief Justice of the High Court Robert French thinks so
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US corporate governance experts Diligent Corporation has produced its 2020 trends for governance. The whitepaper features ESG, Transparency, Culture and Purpose as key areas for growth, opportunity and risk.
Read the report HERE or if you have 15 minutes to put your headphones on... listen to their engaging video HERE
AusLSA's major supporter, EY announced today that it will achieve carbon neutrality by the end of 2020. EY will focus on areas including reducing travel emissions, sustainable procurement practices and purchasing more renewable electricity to power EY offices. It will also purchase carbon credits to offset the EY carbon footprint and invest in projects that reduce carbon emissions or remove carbon from the atmosphere including reforestation projects.
Read more HERE
The opportunities to be carbon neutral and the appetite for of businesses to address the negative impacts of its operations have increased both. This provides a forward facing approach that deals with the future and current emissions without really addressing social economic and environmental impacts that we have already caused. Companies are now making climate positive commitments that recognise the need to reverse the higher levels of atmospheric GHGs and reverse the damage already caused.
Read about the Carbon Positive trend HERE
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