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  • 24 April 2018 12:34 PM | Anonymous


    Despite the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh five years ago, it is estimated that there are still more than 24 million  people engaged in 'modern slavery', working to produce consumer goods.


    The attached article from ABC news paints a very dark picture of the current situation, but serves as a reminder to us about how vigilant we must be in understanding the activities of our supply chains. Enough said.

  • 20 April 2018 3:52 PM | Anonymous


    Thomson Reuters, Lawyers Weekly and The Hon. Michael Kirby, AC CMG reflect on LGBTI Inclusion, diversity and advocacy in this thirty minute informative podcast.


    CLICK HERE for an AusLSA downloaded copy of the podcast
    or
    CLICK HERE to go to the Lawyers Weekly site


  • 20 April 2018 3:10 PM | Anonymous


    If you are your firm's premises manager, sustainability manager or on your building committee, you probably know that you are under a three pronged attack - that the built environment is the biggest contributor to GHG emissions; that the cost of outgoings and utilities like water and electricity are on the rise, and that your stakeholders expect you to be environmentally responsible. 


    See the linked article from Brisbane based Cromwell Property group (courtesy of 'The Sustainability Report') about that very issue, with some tips you can use to ask how green is my building - as well as a reminder that sustainability and profits are not mutually exclusive!!.


  • 19 April 2018 2:10 PM | Anonymous

    Issue 92 (2018) of the Australian Law Journal has an article from Justice Tim Moore of the Land and Environment Court of NSW about the recent collaborative "Paperless Trial" project between AusLSA, The Court and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. The project has saved in excess of 200,000 pages of copying, together with associated environmental impacts and costs and has been embraced by counsel and solicitors. While there was still some getting used to the screen instead of paper, the trial was a success and the Land and Environment Court considers paperless trials to be a significant option for the future. Due to copyright reasons, we can't link you to Justice Moore's story, but click on the screen grab above to see our video of the process, or grab your library copy of the ALJ.

  • 18 April 2018 12:55 PM | Anonymous

    As part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), goal 8.7 was inserted to specifically address forced labour, modern slavery, trafficking and child labour. Alliance87 was formed to assist in acheiving this ambitious undertaking.


    As part of AusLSAs alignment to the SDGs we ask all our members to ensure vigilance in their supply chain. 


    Click on the ICON to find out more about Alliance87 and click HERE to see the Alliance87 strategic vision.

  • 13 April 2018 11:11 AM | Anonymous

    To assist organisations understand  the benefits of Flexible Working, the Diversity Council of Australia (DCA)  has recently released a toolkit to try and 'debunk the myths of flexible working'.

     

    As many of our AusLSA members know, flexible working policies are sometimes surrounded in stigma and myths that if you are not in the office, then you are not really working. We think that our member firms have passed this barrier, but the attached snapshot of DCA's work may help with any roadblocks that may still be out there.


    Click on THIS LINK to see the article.


  • 12 April 2018 11:47 AM | Anonymous

    While we recently reported the success of gender balance for lawyers in Victoria, New Zealand have taken this a little further by publishing a gender equality charter, which looks beyond the balance of numbers and asks why women are so far behind men in holding positions of seniority. The Charter asks signatories to undertake a number of commitments over a two year period and to report their progress to the New Zealand Law Society.
    In Australia, we acknowledge that we still have 'way to go' to achieve proper gender equality - perhaps this is a good example?.


  • 05 April 2018 2:35 PM | Anonymous


    While fossil fuels still dominate the generation of world energy, other renewable sources are quickly overtaking in 'new' capacity generation. In a recent report from Reuters, climate scientists are predicting that generation of energy from renewable resources should dominate world energy demand by mid century. Last year 'new' energy generation in China was 157 gigawatts, more than double that from fossil fuel. The head of UN Environment feels that we are at a 'turning point' to take oil, coal and gas.

    See the article from Thomson-Reuters HERE.


  • 30 March 2018 5:19 PM | Anonymous

     

    Because it is only 8.30am and I haven't started work yet. AND WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING AT ME!.

     

    New York may soon make it unlawful for employers to expect workers to answer emails after hours - see the article in the NY TIMES HERE

     

    While this is seen by many as a move which may assist to re-balance work-life balance, France did it a year ago and said that "it is actually beneficial for people not to work all the time". Is being tied to our phones and emails all in our heads?.  Interesting.... 

  • 29 March 2018 1:13 PM | Anonymous

    Targeted regulatory action is being developed by the Australian Government through establishment of a Modern Slavery in Supply Chains Reporting Requirement. This is likely to require entities operating in Australia with a total annual revenue threshold of between $50-$100M to report annually on their efforts to address modern slavery in their operations and supply chains. Reporting requirements could start as early as November 2018 and depending on the final revenue threshold that is determined, may affect AusLSA Members. 

    Click on the AFEI icon for more information, or CLICK HERE for another article from ProBono Australia about this. Links to other working documents can be found HERE.

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