b'BACK TO NAVIGATIONHow we reportEach year all AusLSA members are invited to report based on the AusLSA standard reporting framework. Reporting is generally open from July until mid-September. However, this year the AusLSA has again allowed a level of flexibility to cater for in recognition of the continuing disruption caused by Covid 19 and the impacts of widespread office shutdown and re-openings.Member information is collected by AusLSAs own Sustainability Reporting and Analysis Tool (SRAT). The SRAT has been specifically designed to capture, analyse and report information about the material sustainability impacts in the Australian legal sector. The tool precisely reflects the sustainability principles and methodology that AusLSA has adopted in the development of its sustainability framework.The SRAT also assists in data collection by focusing on the data that is are readily available through typical operating processes. For example, users have the option to enter data such as taxi expenditure or reams of paper purchased rather than requiring detailed activity data such as taxi trips or printing data.Importantly, in addition to collating data, the SRAT provides database and analysis functionality which provides valuable planning and management information. The SRAT is designed to enable members to benchmark against their peers and well as compare their performance against prior years to identify their strengths and opportunities. This critical information can then support planning and management of their sustainability commitments.AusLSAs SRAT software is developed and maintained by INFORMED 365, an independent Australian company who continues to assist AusLSA to grow the tools features to better plan and manage law firms sustainability programs. The SRAT utilises the latest emissions factors and models from a variety of sources, most notably the National Greenhouse Accounts (NGA) and the UK Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs. Acknowledgements The development of AusLSAs reporting framework and reporting method has been developed and refined over many years. In the last six years, the report has progressively expanded to cover a broader range of sustainability issues that are material to Australian law firms.Law firms are fortunate to have access to a range of excellent programs and peak organisations that assist them in many of the areas covered in the AusLSA Framework. Over the years AusLSA has been greatly assisted by guidance and advice from these organisations that have become a critical part of our framework and reporting approach.AusLSA would like to thank the following organisations for their assistance in developing AusLSAs Sustainability Framework and reporting the 2023 report:1. The Australian Pro Bono Centre - legal pro bono programs2. The Workplace Gender Equality Agency - gender equality and flexible working3. Workplace Giving Australia - charitable giving and non-legal volunteering4. Pride in Diversity - LGBTI inclusion5. Reconciliation Australia - Indigenous Reconciliation6. The Minds Count Foundation - Psychological wellbeing7. Ernst & YoungThe SRAT utilises the latest emissions factors and models from a variety of sources, most notably the National Greenhouse Accounts (NGA)This years annual report also includes four spotlight articles with a wide range of external contributors and AusLSA would like to thankAnti-Slavery Australia Lander and Rogers Better SydneyMonash University Clayton UtzNgalaya Indigenous Corporation EY Norton Rose Fulbright Foresight ConsultingReconciliation Australia Gilbert + TobinUnited Nations Global Compact Network Australia9'