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As the crisis continues to unfold, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) topics will continue to grow in importance. Companies will be judged by their ability to withstand financial shocks, but also by how they’ve treated their employees, clients and communities. A well researched article that will show you that responsible business is more important than ever - READ HERE
The Government has extended the legislated deadline for mandatory Modern Slavery reporting by three months for entities whose reporting periods end on or before 30 June 2020. For firms with 30 June financial year this extends the reporting deadline from 31 December 2020 to 31 March 2021.
This extension recognises that COVID-19 is significantly impacting many reporting entities and aims to support these entities to submit their modern slavery statements. Read More HERE
A recent report showed that Australia's GHG emissions have dropped for the first time since 2015. Of course, you might say, because no-one is travelling because of COVID-19. It's quite the opposite really, the decline is largely due to the increase of renewable energy being supplied to the national grid and the decrease of reliance on brown-coal energy. The better news is that the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) says that, by 2025, we have the technical ability to safely operate a system where 75% of our energy use comes from wind and solar. See an article about this HERE.
Like all of you, at AusLSA we have been bombarded with communications from members, service providers and associates about their response to our COVID crisis. The messages that we are most drawn to are the ones from people who are figuring out how to move through and emerge from this in a positive way.
Each positive message clarifies AusLSA's views about the path forward for those businesses that value social and environmental responsibility, and how we can best to support our members and their stakeholders during this time. For those of us who seek to do good through our businesses and professions this work is as important as ever.
While it’s still too early to tell how significantly COVID will alter the way we live, work, and do business, solidifying your firm’s place within this new order is critical. The true test is going to be whether we can sustain this dramatic positive force even when not spurred by a global pandemic. It might be tempting to de-prioritise the importance of sustainability programs and reporting, but we must resist the temptation to focus only on short term commercial survival and loose sight of our values.
Something new will undoubtedly emerge from this crisis. We all have a role to play in making sure that the progress we are making together on sustainability is not lost continues and our shared experiences foster an even more positive approach to our global sustainability problems.
You need to be progressive and you need to keep progressing. If you are planning to stay still in the modern world then will probably be left behind. The insecurity caused by COVID and the levels of disruption may cause some to cut and freeze their progressive agenda but those organisations that are most likely to recover most quickly and win the future wont loose their focus. The future is closer than we think and if we hibernate too deeply we will be left napping by those who are quicker off the blocks. What should you be prepared for? Read more .
It has never been more important for Australian law firms to demonstrate their corporate citizenship and to communicate their commitments and performance to their staff and customers
AusLSA’s sustainability framework contains many critical elements practiced by law firm’s to support their workforce, customers and the community following Australia’s 2019-20 bushfire tragedy and now during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is crucial that AusLSA members continue to develop, deliver, monitor and report on these sustainability programs.
AusLSA will continue to deliver its support and programs to AusLSA members. We are carefully monitoring the needs and capacity of our members to ensure our programs are fine-tuned and delivered in a suitable way to allow all members to benefit.
If you wish to discuss AusLSA and its programs further please contact us HERE
Who has the responsibility — or the right — to tackle complex problems like poverty and climate change. How are nonprofits and funders evolving in response to changing community needs. What is just, and what is kind? These questions are shaped by and interpreted through the lens' of larger world forces like justice, equality, civic trust, and compassion.
Experts and thought leaders from the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy explore 11 trends in philanthropy for 2020. Read their findings HERE
It's 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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