News & Views

  • 27 February 2018 8:49 AM | Anonymous

    The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) have produced a report that shows that over the past 25 years, environmental aspects have been the most widely reported sustainability topics, where social and governance has been the least.

    Over the past years, however, the combined number of mandatory and voluntary reporting requirements have significantly increased to include more social and governance issues, underscoring that such issues are rising in importance for community and business.


    Download the report HERE

  • 06 February 2018 10:25 AM | Anonymous

    AusLSA will provide 'Spotlight' news blogs on companies who are excelling in driving their sustainable procurement practices


    Bridgestone Corporation (Bridgestone), the world’s largest tire and rubber company, have announced a new Global Sustainable Procurement Policy to help identify and evaluate qualified suppliers, promote best practices, and serve as a communication and improvement tool for the industry. There is a wealth of information on their website that you might use as a roadmap. Click on the logo above.

  • 10 January 2018 1:44 PM | Anonymous

    The Carlsberg Group have announced their 'Together Towards Zero' program, which aims for zero carbon footprint, zero water waste, zero irresponsible drinking and zero accidents culture by 2030. The program is a response to increasing consumer demands for sustainable products in a time of global challenges such as climate change, water scarcity and public health issues. 


    Together Towards Zero  is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and suggests reductions which go beyond the base level agreement set in the Paris Accord. Click on the image on the left for a good description of the program and how they have aligned the UN SDGs. At AusLSA, we can't tell you to switch beers, but hey...

  • 04 January 2018 12:36 PM | Anonymous

    A recent YouGov study has found that 87% of Australians think businesses have a responsibility to do social good, suggesting that CSR remains an important consideration. Interestingly, 58% thought that businesses should ensure that their supply chain does not harm the environment, highlighting the need for rigour in our procurement practices. 

    A high number of respondents also indicated that they would be more likely to use or recommend businesses that gave to charity, or undertook volunteer or pro bono work. At AusLSA, we think that this demonstrates the value of reporting beyond our environmental impacts only. 


    Click HERE to see the report.

  • 30 November 2017 4:24 PM | Anonymous


    AusLSA's reciprocal body in the UK, the Legal Sector Alliance (LSA) has recently commissioned a study about why CSR matters in law firms are of interest to their clients. Not surprisingly, the outcomes were very similar to law firm clients in Australia in that clients who not only look for legal expertise, but also consider law firms that share their own values.


    The report also notes that while mechanisms for recording (legal) time on a matter, recording methods for pro bono and other CSR reporting needed some attention.  The report is short, but succinct and underlines that we have a lot of work to do in this area, so AusLSA member firms are well placed to be ahead of the pack!. Click on the image to download the report.

  • 16 November 2017 6:49 AM | Anonymous


    It's great to see one of our member firms being recognised for putting their sustainability policies and programs into action. 


    In recognition for the firm's programs and policies to improve the health and wellbeing of employees, Ashurst has been named as Australia's healthiest workplace for 2017 in the AIA Vitality's Australia's Healthiest Workplace Survey.


    As our member firms know, Health and Wellbeing are  key material issues in our sustainability reporting, and congratulations to Ashurst for recognition of their efforts. Be sure to see their Sustainability Profile in our annual report which will be released this week!.

  • 17 September 2017 4:10 PM | Anonymous

    We all love our early morning heart-starter of coffee, a stimulant that goes from our brain to our body and has us bouncing off the walls to do our best. Ultimately the result ends up in the bin. As a waste coffee cup. It's not so much as they weigh a lot, but they take up space. In the office bin and in landfill, and, because of the materials they are made of so we don't burn ourselves, they take years to break down.

    CitySwitch, as part of their Green Office program have developed a 'Coffee Cup Toolkit' which consists of a number of elements designed to change behaviour towards the way we consume coffee which you can easily implement in your office. To have a look at this program from CitySwitch, click HERE.

  • 14 September 2017 11:06 AM | Anonymous

    One of AusLSA's Thought Leader partners, The Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation (TJMF) is running a seminar in Sydney on 25 October on the topic "Lifting the Judicial Veil - vicarious trauma, PTSD and the Judiciary: A Personal story" with guest speaker Magistrate David Heilpern. 


    More information about this event can be found in a recent newsletter from TJMF here.


    This newsletter also provides an update from TJMF, who now have more than 180 signatories to their guidelines, which include many of our member firms. Interesting links to media resources and podcasts as well as a Mental Health Toolkit for Employers and an 'Introduction to Mindfullness' program.

  • 11 September 2017 9:53 AM | Anonymous

    Fast on the heels of the High Court decision to dismiss the challenge to the validity of the postal survey, the Law Council of Australia has lent strong support to the case for marriage equality.  The LCA president stated that marriage laws should not be discriminatory - a view that is shared by the UN Human Rights Committee and included in their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 


    At the societal layer of the SDG model, "Reduced Inequalities" is listed as the tenth SDG and many of our member firms are in support of this initiative. In this year's annual report from AusLSA, a more in-depth discussion of how our principles relate to the SDGs will be included. To read the full article from Australasian Lawyer about the Law Council announcement, click HERE.

  • 28 August 2017 7:37 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to AusLSA Member firm Hall & Wilcox for acting as primary legal advisor to the newly created Victorian Pride Centre, a unique initiative that celebrates, bolsters and protects equality, diversity and inclusion.

    While the centre is being planned, Hall and Wilcox will become its temporary home, hosting all the board meetings for the project. Following the launch of their diversity and inclusion policy last year, Hall & Wilcox saw the opportunity to further underline their commitment in this space through pro bono support for the centre. There are so many good stories here. Click HERE to read more about this from Australasian Lawyer, or click the other images to go to the website for the Centre or to


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