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Its time to apply what we have learned from addressing cultural and gender inequality and the diversity and inclusion frameworks to address inequality experienced by people with a disability. A study from Cardiff University found the exclusion of disabled people places unspoken boundaries on disabled workers.
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Your company’s purpose will not be found by commissioning a white paper or creating a complicated strategy document. It will emerge organically from an honest interrogation of what you’re truly about, what your people are about, and what feels easy to stand behind.
For a long time environmental certification has been pursued as a panacea to allow us to distill complex information and to make ethical consumer choices that align with our values. But not all certifications are equal. Consumer research has found that company sustainability claims are much more credible when they are coupled with independent verification. Put simply, consumers trust when you verify. This is especially true when it comes to forests.
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Parts of the Government and industry argue that the economic cost and human sacrifice of transitioning from Australia's successful past are too high to justify meaningful action on climate change. But sobering economic forecasts are being released almost weekly including the latest report that estimates the global cost of climate change at $15 trillion by 2050 with $29 billion being lost annually to the Australian economy.
Who isn't looking for some reason for optimism to start 2020 and to see some signs of positive change in our society and economy?... I know I am. Each year the 2020 State of Green Business surveys the S&P 1200 and S&P 500. The results might surprise you. Read the full Report Here
Last summer, 181 CEOs signed the Business Roundtable’s new memo on the “Purpose of a Corporation,” which emphasized their commitment to customers, employees, suppliers, and communities more broadly. And when it comes to addressing difficult economic, environmental and societal challenges, these companies are starting in their own backyards – partnering with communities to provide the investment and innovative solutions needed to revitalize local economies and improve lives. Read More Here
The last decade has seen strong progress from the corporate world, with more and more companies building effective ways to foster and encourage inclusivity and diversity. ... And according to recent research, there is no doubt that LGBT-inclusive companies attract better talent and decrease employee turnover. Read More
The Government has now launched new guidance to assist businesses and to explain in plain language what entities need to do to comply with the Act following the introduction of Australia’s Modern Slavery Act, on 1 January 2019.
The guidelines and the Department’s other modern slavery resources can be found HERE
AusLSA recognises the commitments and achievements of the finalists in the Women in Law Awards - Diversity Law Firm of the Year; Ashurst, Clayton Utz, Coleman Greig Lawyers, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Dentons, Gilbert + Tobin, King & Wood Mallesons, McCullough Robertson, Shine Lawyers and Sparke Helmore Lawyers. We hope that you will review the other achievements if these firms in the upcoming 2019 AusLSA Sustainability Insight.
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