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The National Pro Bono Centre recently released its thirteen national target report, and despite the national challenges faced in the past two years, demonstrated that the dedication to pro bono work has not faltered. They state that Australian lawyers have reported a record 16.5% rise in pro bono hours compared to the year before. Target signatories reported undertaking an average of 36.4 hours of pro bono legal services per lawyer in FY2020, exceeding the Target of 35 hours which is the highest average number of pro bono hours per lawyer reported since 2011 and is higher than the 35.8 hour average reported in FY2019.
See their press release (with a link to the report) HERE
As it approaches its bicentenary, AusLSA Member firm Ashurst, has launched a Modern Slavery Action Plan to support the eradication of all forms of slavery that exist today. This plan considers the role that Ashurst, its clients, colleagues and stakeholders can play.
See more about this in an article from Lawyers Weekly HERE and more detail about this Plan from the Ashurst Website HERE.
The Law Council of Australia, in collaboration with the Association of Corporate Council, have released a new fact sheet to help businesses understand their reporting requirements under the Modern Slavery Act.
It is estimated that more than half of modern slavery victims live in the Asia-pacific region, where many supply chains of Australian business are located.
For more information, see the LCA media release HERE, the fact sheet HERE and an article from Lawyers Weekly HERE
According to Deloitte, for every month of the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia has lost one year on progress towards economic gender equality. Women seem to shouldering a bigger burden of home care and are more likely to be affected by job cuts, a view which is shared by WGEA. They both agree that gender equality needs to be at the heart of our economic recovery. Read some of Deloitte's responses and strategies HERE.
AusLSA Member firm DLA Piper has published an overview of a newly released report from the Fair Work Commission entitled 'Draft Award Flexibilty Schedule'. This document considers the impacts of the accelerated needs emerging from working from home and it intended to assist employers facilitate workplace flexibility in this area.
See the DLA Piper Publication HERE, or the Fair Work Commission document HERE.
More law firms moving to formally articulate a position on climate change through their values and commitments. The differentiation can bring some behaviors into contrast.
The 2020 Law Firm Climate Change Scorecard is the first to detail the scale of top law firms’ role in the climate crisis. Using the best data available, the 2020 Law Firm Climate Change Scorecard analyzes litigation, transactional, and lobbying work conducted by the 2020 Vault Law 100 law firms. Read the report HERE
Will your firm meet the increased demand for climate ambition? How can you ensure that your target is keeping pace as the climate agenda moves at an ever-quickening pace.
Corporate Citizenship recently completed a webinar covering
Watch the Webinar HERE
Addressing your company’s carbon footprint takes a comprehensive approach. Carbon offsets are a viable component of a larger strategy; and when procured smartly, can also help companies meet their other sustainability needs and goals. Read more HERE
Gender equality programs are well established in many law firms and progress is being made to correct the imbalance of opportunity and reward between man and women… but then came Covid. Commercial stresses and down turns can threaten to gains and barrier to further progress. Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner provided testimony to the Senate Select Committee Public Hearings on COVID-19 about the need to address gender equality while planning Covid recovery. Read MORE
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