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Working collaboratively to promote sustainable practice across the legal sector
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
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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
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) Mob: +61 418 163 881 or Mark Lyster (email@example.com) if you are interested.
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.
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.
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.
June is a great time to get organised for a 2017/18 workplace giving campaign.
Ten law firms have been nationally recognised for LGBTI workplace inclusion on the 2017 Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) and we are delighted that they are all AusLSA member firms!
Click here to follow the link to Australasian Lawyer to find out who they are.
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