News & Views

  • 03 August 2017 4:48 PM | Anonymous

    While most of our member firms have a pro bono practice, the need to provide opportunities for lawyers to practice pro bono work was underlined at the launch of a new support guide on 3 August this year.


    Brian Salter, Group General Counsel at AMP launched the report and noted that pro bono practice in private profession was ubiquitous and that lawyers in these firms express strong desires to participate in such work. The release of the new guide provides opportunities for lawyers and firms to increase participation and to integrate pro bono with other community activities in the firm. A copy of the guide can be found HERE.

  • 31 July 2017 7:06 AM | Anonymous

    We all hate packaging. No matter what you buy, the product is always surrounded by much more cardboard and polystyrene than is probably needed. While most tech companies are trying to address cradle to grave solutions, including packaging, Apple seems to have taken one step further with an innovative solution that seems to be flying under the radar. They have just announced the latest expansion to their Sustainable Forestry Strategy, with 320,000 acres of working forest in China, enough to offset the footprint of all their packaging. This is part of their five year partnership with WWF to transition up to one million acres in provinces of southern China. More about this in a great article from Greenbiz can be found HERE.

  • 13 July 2017 10:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Law firm's customers include many leading businesses that are serious about sustainability. These companies are using the core values of their own internal and external stakeholders to shape and deliver an organisation purpose that extends beyond short term shareholder returns. Mirvac provides a great example of a strategic corporate approach to purpose and business responsibility.

    Mirvac's program includes key commitments to design and build major projects that address short and long tern sustainability performance. Its approach also includes taking responsibility for the sustainability of its supply chain and making opportunities to learn about and work with its suppliers and their products to reduce their adverse impacts. Most recently Mirvac incorporated a Reconciliation Action Plan into its sustainability program further recognising its role in building respect, supporting education, creating opportunities and building on our relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples


    Learn more here 

  • 20 June 2017 9:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There are a range of drivers that lead companies to make responsible business leadership a strategic priority. 


    If you think that government's commitments and actions that support business (or hold it to account) are an important signal and motivator for improving business sustainability.then you are partially right. If you think that increasing sustainable supply chain preferences from customers are rewarding firms with transparent commitments and programs then you are also right.


    ... but new evidence from US companies shows that employees expect that their leadership to take a much more vocal and active role in social and environmental issues. 


    Read about the survey HERE  or read an associated article from Weinreb Group HERE


  • 19 June 2017 12:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AusLSA is completing its annual consultation with members, stakeholders, allies and our board ahead of finalising the questions and process for the 2017 Legal Sector Sustainability Insight.

    Key information about 2017 AusLSA reporting - click hyperlinks for details


  • 13 June 2017 11:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
       
    The UK Legal Sustainability Alliance (the organization that inspired and assisted with the formation of AusLSA) turned 10 years-old this week. The LSA celebrated with the launch of a headline report that captured its progress and learnings over its journey.

    Read LSA's 10th Anniversary Report Here

  • 13 June 2017 11:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     

     The City of Sydney is planning to become a sustainable destination of choice and wants to understand how  larger legal firms consider environmental sustainability performance in their procurement of hotel  accommodation and large events.


     Action Sustainability is looking to recruit law firms for a 30 minute confidential interview by 23rd June.Contact  Frank Hubbard (frank@worthwhileprojects.com) Mob: +61 418 163 881 or Mark Lyster  (mlyster@actionsustainability.com.au) if you are interested.


  • 07 June 2017 1:41 PM | Anonymous

    Global firm Linklaters has achieved a carbon neutral status for 2016/17 after having invested in a Cookstove project in Ghana. Apart from the obvious carbon offsets from this project, other benefits address four of the UN's Sustainabile Development Goals. 


    Click on their infographic to go to their description of the project.


  • 06 June 2017 11:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Earlier this year an event held in the Utah desert provided a fantastic collection of sustainability insights from business leaders from across the globe. In June 2017, a similar event will be held which has a clean energy focus but there are plenty of sessions of broader sustainability interest.


    The quality of the people, topics and production of really first class.  You can either watch the presentations live or log in after the event to watch them at your convenience.


    Sign up for the free video livestreams, scan the topics available and put some time in your diary for the 21st and 22nd of June.  



  • 01 June 2017 1:19 PM | Anonymous

    In June this year, our member firm, Sparke Helmore released 'In Kind', their social and environmental sustainability report.


    While they continue to include data in our annual AusLSA report, providing an additional stand alone report allows them to include more information about the fantastic community projects that they have been involved with, as well as provide an update on the firm's pro bono activities.


    Click here to see a pdf copy of the report. Click on the logo above to see their press release.

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