Membership News

  • 15 December 2014 10:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    AusLSA released it's fifth annual report on 4 December 2014 at a launch event in Sydney.


    More info on the report (and a copy of the report) can be downloaded here


    30 Members published their environmental profiles entitling them to use the 2014 AusLSA Reporting Member logo - Click to download a high-res version.



  • 16 June 2014 5:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
     At the start of our GreenThemes quarter on Travel, we wanted to find out how Australian law firms are managing business travel. The first round of responses have allowed us to produce a report. Here is what we found: 
    • 33% of respondents are now using virtual meeting technologies to meet with clients, but 90% of firms agree that virtual meetings can't replace the value of a good ol' face-to-face meeting. 
    • Some simple education and training programs on virtual technologies would be very effective in increasing use of virtual meeting technologies because habit and lack of knowledge and understanding were identified as key barriers. 
    • 45% of firms don't have a travel policy and/or procedure, implying that they are not effectively managing their travel budgets or emissions.

    You still have time to contribute to the survey - submit your answers now.

    This survey has provided an initial overview of travel management practices in the legal sector and will help us drill down into some interesting issues in the future. 
     
  • 11 June 2014 11:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    An important message from the Chair of AusLSA
    The Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA) was launched just three years ago. Over that time, AusLSA has grown to represent 47 law firms including 70% of the largest 50 firms from across Australia and nearly 20,000 Australian lawyers.

    Working together, our alliance of members has established new standards across the legal sector: more than half of Australia’s largest firms are now monitoring and publicly reporting on their environmental impacts. We have set new benchmarks, we are defining best practice and we are all helping each other become better, more efficient, more sustainable legal practices.

    Over the last 3 years, General Membership fees have represented a very modest investment in a developing organisation that now provides significant value for the membership. These membership fees have remained static since the organisation was founded, and the Board has determined that a modest increase  in fees will allow AusLSA to update and expand our programs and member benefits 
    (more info here).

    AusLSA will also be pursuing other revenue opportunities which will increase the resilience of the organisation and ensure the long term viability of our programs.

    In the next three years, AusLSA aims to provide additional value to the membership with new resources and opportunities, but on behalf of the Board and the Executive members, I ask for you continued investment in AusLSA in order to so.

    Yours sincerely,

    Stuart Clark
    Chair, AusLSA
    Partner, Clayton Utz


     
    What have we achieved?
    Reporting Framework
    A simple but effective tool customised for legal practice that records the environmental impacts that are most material for law firms.

    Annual Report
    Four high quality annual reports delivering a published Environmental Profile for participating members (31, at last count). Industry analysis and benchmarking that provides insight into the practices and progress of the legal sector.

    Meetings
    National Symposia focussing on staff engagement, quarterly networking meetings supporting and encouraging the staff who lead the change plus webinars, videoconferencing and other face to face meetings on paper practices, energy reduction strategies, the challenges of business travel, office fit outs and recycling, commuting practices, etc…

    Sharing best practice
    Through GreenThemes, case studies, ideas and inspiration, newsletters, networking meetings and a central hub of knowledge on sustainability in legal practice.

    Environmental Management System
    An EMS framework tailored for the legal sector that helps law firms systematically organise their environmental programs as well as supporting responses to supply chain questionnaires.

    Discounts
    On sustainability services and programs such as Sustainability Advantage and Climate Friendly carbon offsetting. 

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