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An article from the UN states that while the COVID vaccine may herald a possible return to the workplace, many companies have signalled a wish to retain some degree of home working. This article considers the additional stress of working from home and its affect on metal health and what to consider with full-blown return to work. See also a study by the International Labour Organisation about this.
Engaging with aboriginal culture and people is a important to us all, both as law firm leaders and as individuals. The Institute of Community Directors Australia is hosting a webinar providing guidance on respectful dialogue with First Nations peoples and communities.
The webinar will explore a range of topics and themes including understanding and taking responsibility for our shared history, cultural safe places, removal of barriers, building relationships and implementing small but meaningful steps. Register HERE
AusLSA's 2020 Sustainability Insight showed that while 72 percent of firms had formal workplace giving programs in place, only 28 percent monitored participation by employees.
If you want to know how to more effectively manage your programs and make them more impactful, Workplace Giving Australia is holding a free webinar on Apr 27, 2021 02:00 PM that will share creative ideas that organisations have implemented for their teams and will review the free online resources that are available. Register HERE
We have been using terms like 'carbon neutrality' and 'net zero' almost interchangeably of late, but what about 'carbon negative' and 'the journey to net zero'. The terminology seems to be shifting.
See this great article which de-mystifies the words and hopefully provides some clarity.
The 7th National Law Firm Pro Bono Survey, released in February 2021 highlights a continued trend of varied and high quality pro bono work being undertaken. Despite the impact of COVID-19 respondents to the survey have posted a record number of pro bono hours and continue to focus on the most vulnerable members of our society and their supporting organisations. Despite this pleasing result, they say that there is still room for pro bono growth within large firms.
Read the media release HERE.
The Australian LGBTQ Inclusion Awards is an event celebrating and awarding Australia’s top organisations for LGBTQ inclusion. It's a great endorsement for the program that tickets to attend in person are already sold out... but to calm your FOMO you can still purchase tickets to livestream the event or watch SBS World News Friday 28 May 2021.
If you are looking for an update and some learned experiences from those implementing Modern Slavery management systems then this seminar is wel worth checking out including
UN Secretary-General António Guterres will address the General Assembly on January 28 about the priorities of the organization in 2021, noting that a central ambition will be to build a global coalition for carbon neutrality – committing to net zero emissions by 2050.
"The world is at a crossroads. After a year of struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, we usher in a new year with a hope to recover better, rebuild resilience and reimagine a more equal world." Read more HERE
It's time to transform. The future does not just happen, our actions define what the future will look like. We know that the decisions we make in the next six to 18 months will make this determination for our society, our economy, and the planet. Forum for the Future, believe that the Transform trajectory needs to become the dominant version of our future if we are to deliver the systemic change needed to solve our inequality, climate, biodiversity and public health challenges. Their report 'The Future of Sustainability', should be a MUST READ, even if you just skip to the conclusions.
Congratulations to AusLSA member firm Gilbert+Tobin for sourcing all of their tenancy energy from renewable resources to achieve a net carbon zero result, as detailed in their 2020 AusLSA report. Danny Gilbert told Lawyers Weekly that the firm was proud to be leading the charge on sustainability. Achieving a 100 per cent renewable target, he said, is an “important step” in the firm’s journey to better protect the planet for future generations. See the article HERE.
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