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PWC have become the first Australian professional services firm to disclose their partnership gender pay gap - a like for like role gap of zero percent and a gap of 16 percent overall. They further stated that the firm-wide gender pay gap on a like for like role basis is 0.3 percent.
Providing transparency around diversity is one of the ways they can address this key challenge and this, coupled with some additional key targets in their diversity and inclusivity program, will ensure that they can create a workforce where everyone can reach their full potential.
Click on the PWC image to see their press release.
A strong workplace giving program assists with staff attraction and retention and can lead to higher productivity and motivation.
Many of our member firms already have a Workplace Giving program in place, but if you need to find out more, register for one of the OneMillionDonors Workplace Giving seminars.
5 April in Sydney, 10 April in Melbourne. Click on the graphic on the left to register.
The president of the NSW Bar Association, Arthur Moses SC has said that "equality and diversity is important for the sustainability of the NSW Bar", however there was more work to do.
In an article published by Lawyers Weekly, Mr Moses stated that there were "no drawbacks to promoting role models for women" and that the bar be "more representative of the community it served".
CLICK HERE to see the article.
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
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.
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...
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.
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.
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!.
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.
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