Responsible Business

Business and Human Rights

As one of Australia’s leading legal practices, Colin Biggers & Paisley accepts that the promotion and protection of human rights is not just a matter for governments, but for businesses, too.

We are committed to integrating a human rights approach into our policies and practices. We actively pursue an inclusive and diverse workplace, we support access to justice through our pro bono legal services and we are deeply committed to making a positive contribution to the communities around us.

We achieve this through a variety of means, including the work of the Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation and our Inclusion and Diversity Leadership Group.

Business and Human Rights
Sustainability

Sustainability

We manage our own impact on the environment through a range of sustainability initiatives.

Throughout all our offices we have reduced our packaging and waste by decreasing our printed matter. We always send our publications electronically and when documents do need to be printed, we only use PEFC certified and carbon neutral paper. We use double sided printing as the default setting on all printers and always recycle toner cartridges.

We encourage all employees to use the recycling facilities wherever possible and have colour coded bins for this purpose, with a large percentage of all waste being recycled.

We only purchase environmentally sustainable appliances and IT equipment and ensure that all of our old IT equipment is donated to schools or charities.

We strive to make a positive impact on the environment through the pro bono work we do for environmentally-focused UN agencies, non-profits and non-government organisations. For our commercial clients, an important aspect of our work is providing legal advice relating to environmental best practice and climate change adaptation.

Colin Biggers & Paisley is a member of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance. You can view the latest Legal Sector Sustainability Insight below.

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Inclusion and Diversity

Our aim is to be recognised as a leading promoter of inclusion and diversity in the legal profession. We believe in a gender balanced, diverse workforce and culture that is inclusive of everyone. We also believe that promoting and strengthening equity, diversity and inclusion allows us to build effective teams for our clients and deliver the highest quality service.

"Diversity" to us means diversity in gender, age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and ability. "Inclusion" to us means inclusion for all. We are committed to promoting a truly diverse workforce and culture, that is inclusive of everyone and gives all our people the opportunity to build and advance their career in a way that is aligned with our core values: balance, respect, loyalty and integrity.

We focus on the following resource streams:

  • Gender and Flexibility                
  • Age and Generation
  • LGBTQ
  • People with Disabilities
  • Culture and Religion
LGBTQ
We believe in acceptance, equality, understanding, respect, human rights and the power of our community.

We are committed to fostering a safe and supportive culture, where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans or gender diverse and Queer (LGBTQ) employees feel respected, valued and are able to bring their whole selves to work every day. Being able to bring your whole self to work is an important aspect of employee wellbeing, performance, innovation and satisfaction.

We have an established LGBTQ Resource Stream Employee Network who support and promote LGBTQ inclusion within our practice. Our LGBTQ Resource Stream is also made up of Allies who listen, learn and strive to create an inclusive space for everyone at Colin Biggers & Paisley. We are proud of our respectful, inclusive and supportive practice and will continue to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all of our LGBTQ employees.

Our practice acknowledges and supports the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), Wear it Purple Day, World AIDS Day, along with other key LGBTQ calendar events.