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AusLSA Bulletin
May - June 2017


Welcome to the Australian Legal Sector's Bulletin
The Australian Legal Sector Bulletin keeps you up to date with a collection of the most interesting articles, tools and events from AusLSA, fellow members, legal industry leaders and sustainability leaders.

Spread the word - Please recommend this Bulletin  to your friends and colleagues with an interest in the sustainability of your firm.

AusLSA all-set to produce the 2017 Legal Sector Sustainability Insight 

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

AusLSA welcomes a new board member 
The Board of AusLSA welcomes Norman Lucas as its newest Director. Norman is a partner at AusLSA Executive Member - Maddocks. Norman replaces Julian Smith who made has left a valuable impression on AusLSA's planning and programs.  

 Welcome to AusLSA’s newest member

You don’t have to be large to see the importance and value of a commitment to sustainability and responsible business.

AusLSA is pleased to introduce Parke Lawyers and welcome them as an AusLSA member. We look forward to introducing them to you all at upcoming forums and supporting them on their sustainability Journey. Read about Parke Lawyers commitments

AusLSA member releases social and environmental sustainability report
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 

 Help Sydney to become a sustainable destination of choice
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 ( Mob: +61 418 163 881 or Mark Lyster  ( if you are interested.

 UK's Legal Sector Alliance turns 10
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

June is Workplace Giving month

June is a great time to get organised for a 2017/18 workplace giving campaign. 

Some great ideas and programs to get involved in can be found at One Million Donors

More inspiration from the world's business sustainability leaders
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.  

Linklaters achieves carbon neutrality for 2016/17

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.

AusLSA members honoured for commitment to equality

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.

Time, cost and environmental savings all in a day’s work for Justice Tim Moore

A court case in the NSW Land and Environment Court has so far saved around 50,000 – 70,000 pages of paper - and it’s only day three of an eight day matter. 

 The Australian Legal Sector Alliance and the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage are partnering on the project that aims to build an understanding and develop resources to address the sustainability issues of the NSW litigation processes.

The paperless pilot is being led by a member of the program’s Steering Group, Justice Tim Moore. AusLSA will capture and promote the learnings from the pilot in a case study to be released in August 2017.

Go to the project website

Australasian Lawyer - 2017 Corporate Citizen of the Year

AusLSA congratulates the winner and finalists of the Australasian Lawyers - Corporate Citizen for 2017. The list of 2017 finalists is an exiting combination of some of the long term leaders in this space as well as some new comers.

2017 Winner - Salvos Legal

2017 Finalists: Arnold Bloch Leibler – Ashurst - Clayton Utz - DLA Piper - Gilbert + Tobin - Herbert Smith Freehills - King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) and Maddocks.

Read about Salvos Legal

First cricket and rugby and now sustainability reporting
New Zealand firm Russell McVeagh has launched its first-ever corporate social responsibility report,  detailing firm-led efforts to give back to local communities, employees, and the environment.

 One of the most impressive features of the report is how Russel McVeigh have identified, collected  and published key metrics that support achievements in their priority activities.

Read Russell McVeigh's report

EY's latest news and insights about sustainable business

EY has produced the 9th edition of Lets Talk Sustainability which provides a business focused insight and points of view to turn best practice into opportunities for your business. Its definitely worth putting on your reading list

This May edition includes articles on;

  • Climate Risk Disclosures – FSB and climate change risks,
  • Social Impact Measurement – Measuring social outcomes,
  • Declaration of Human rights – Revisited
  • What non financial performance says about your business value
  • Podcast - 2 degrees and the Paris Climate Agreement  

Read online 

Australia wakes up to climate risk

Australia’s Senate, Prudential Regulator and Department of Environment and Energy have all looked  at climate risk disclosure in the past few months. A lot has happened to get the country to pay attention to the financial risks that climate change poses.

Read an article from the Climate Disclosure Standards Board  

Align your sustainability reporting to the Sustainable Development Goals

When the United Nations released their Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, they asked for companies to support the goals and targets in their sustainability reporting. No problem, there are only 17 goals and 169 targets, so how do I do this?.

Click here for an interesting article from Mel Wilson, PwC Canada who attempts to unravel this for us.

 Supercharge the impact of corporate foundations

A recent global survey of 100 corporate foundations from over 20 countries has discovered that many corporate foundations are upping their game and embracing some truly innovative strategies.

The report from Corporate Citizenship accepts that financial support is vital but identified six smart innovations that corporate foundations are adopting to increase their impact

Read More

Visit Corporate Citizenship to download the report.

P2 = the purpose of purpose

Clearly defining and sharing a law firm’s Purpose, including altruistic social features and long-term aims, is challenging.

Purpose is increasing being recognised as an important foundation to leadership, strategic planning and branding. But why is it important? What parts of the human psyche does it appeal to and why is it so hard?

Dr Bob Murray from Fortinberry-Murray has some of the answers and is looking to apply his expertise as a behavioural neurogeneticist to shed further light on this issue in his upcoming book. 

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