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  • 16 January 2022 2:54 PM | Anonymous

    Eco-Business suggest that in the coming year we should expect to see stricter laws around greenwashing, and a rising demand for clear disclosure and reporting standards. Specifically, they say that as net zero becomes more fashionable, data disclosure and net zero pledges must be put to the test; the "Social" factor in ESG must be strengthened; deforestation and illegal fishing must be addressed; energy generation, sustainable transport and innovative natural solutions must be considered. Read their article HERE.

  • 16 January 2022 2:31 PM | Anonymous

    The UN Environment Programme marks its 50th anniversary this year and suggests that despite the world grappling with the continued COVID pandemic, resurgent wildfires and enduring environmental crises, a number of high level events and conferences hope to re-energise international cooperation and collective action. Last year, the UN Secretary-General reminded us that we were at the environmental crossroads - we break down or we break through. See the planned UN events HERE.

  • 29 November 2021 4:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The lack of a standardised framework and methodology on corporate carbon neutrality or net zero is certainly an obstacle to effective communication. Faced with the pitfalls of corporate greenwashing, communicating about your climate efforts can feel like a minefield! , Yet stakeholders are increasingly demanding and sometimes require transparent and thoughtful communication. EcoAct have prepared a list of consiederations READ MORE 

  • 29 November 2021 2:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Centre for Social Impact has released is second Pulse - Wave 2 report that tracks how the for-purpose sector is faring, and examines areas issues and challenges these sectors faces, and areas that need to be supported for it to thrive - such as financial backing, technological capability, human capital, and the ability to adapt. These issues have become even more essential since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, which has caused major disruption to almost all areas of life. Read the report HERE 

  • 29 November 2021 11:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Over the last 2 years COVID has forced law firms to adapt quickly and without a safety net. The impact of COVID on the 2021 sustainability metrics from Australia’s most successful law firms has been understandingly dramatic but it is also thought provoking as we contemplate how to address the ongoing challenges of climate change and social equality. READ MORE 

  • 18 November 2021 5:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    DLA Piper International LLP has set a science-based target (SBT) to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 2019/20 pre-pandemic levels. Approved by the Science Based Target initiative, the target spans DLA Piper’s entire value chain, including indirect emissions from the firm’s supply chain. and covers all International offices. To support the 50% target reduction, DLA Piper is making a number of operational changes and has introduced several initiatives. These include sustainable procurement, a thoughtful travel policy, carbon accounting, cloud-based data management for every office and an internal engagement campaign. The firm has also committed to sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030, up from 61% at present. This will be achieved in stages, with the UK and mainland Europe sourcing 100% of electricity from renewable sources by 2025, and remaining offices by 2030. READ MORE

  • 18 November 2021 4:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Today’s workforce is critical for a successful transition to a net-zero economy and professional bodies are in a unique position to support it. A group of UK professional bodies have joined a Charter to get the UK’s professional bodies to align with both the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It binds members to three overarching commitments to align to the 1.5C pathway, unify their voice to lobby for long-lasting change and to empower and develop their members.

    The Charter has sixteen signatories and twenty three supporting bodies representing more than 600,000 professionals and a further 450 member organisations. Overall UK membership associations cover more than 13 million working professionals, meaning the Charter can impact nearly half of the UK’s working population across every part of the economy. Almost one-third of Europe's largest companies have pledged to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. READ MORE

  • 18 November 2021 9:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mark Pearce, the CEO of Volunteering Australia, offers insights about the important contributions of board members while challenging the view that directors should be compelled to make financial contributions. His article agrues that the experience and expertise of volunteer board directors are critical to help charities meet their legal obligations and charitable purpose. Board directors bring a myriad of skills that a charity might not otherwise have access to, increasing their capacity and capability to deliver on its vision and mission.

    Volunteer board directors are an invaluable asset for charities, but  directors also derive a significant benefit from their participation. Board directors have a unique opportunity to have a direct and demonstrable impact on causes they care deeply about. READ THE ARTICLE 

  • 17 November 2021 3:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A new report from the International Bar Association investigates the adverse mental impacts that are still widespread in the legal profession. The report provides greater insight about the nature of overwhelming numbers. Importantly it has also developed ten mental wellbeing principles to guide future efforts by the legal profession to tackle these issues. READ THE REPORT

  • 17 November 2021 3:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you thought many Australians where reassessing their values following COVID then you’re probably right. According to new research, Australian consumers have become more concerned about social and environmental issues and aren’t afraid to use their purchasing power to drive change. The Conscious Consumer Report 2021 was released last week and discovered that 62 per cent of Australians surveyed had revaluated their priorities during the pandemic, and want to buy their products and services from companies doing some good. The report, revealed that just under two-thirds of Australians believe that corporate Australia has the potential to solve societal problems. Read more... Pro Bono Australia Article or the Report 

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