We don’t just recognise our role as a responsible business
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.
What does responsible business mean to us?
Our vision is to be recognised as a leading provider of legal services in our chosen fields of expertise and our mission is excellence in legal advice, service, systems and outcomes. In line with this vision, we want to ensure that our legal practice interacts with our clients, our people and our community in a leading, responsible, inclusive and sustainable way. Our approach to responsible business therefore looks inwards to our people and our operations as well as outwards to our clients and community.
How are we focused on being a responsible business?
Through the legal advice and other services we provide to our commercial and community clients;
Through the programs, support and initiatives we offer our people; and
Through the support and assistance we deliver to the community.
At Colin Biggers & Paisley, we look for opportunities to use our strength as a leading legal practice to make a positive contribution to the communities around us.
The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) is a global, strategic initiative that seeks to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals. The primary objective is to help build a more sustainable and inclusive global economy.
We are currently exploring participation in the UNGC. The UNGC would provide us with a solid framework in which to align all of our practices and procedures, in a way which will ensure that we are doing all we possibly can to achieve the highest possible standards of responsible business. We will provide a further update on this initiative shortly.
We embrace the principle of diversity in our legal practice. The composition of our staff reflects the variety of races, religions, social backgrounds and cultural stances that characterise the Australian population.
We are dedicated to the advancement of women in their careers and have implemented a number of initiatives in this area. These include flexible work arrangements and regular internal networking events for women, as well as events for women clients. We acknowledge that as people go through different phases of life, the amount of time they are able to dedicate to their employment can vary.
We are determined to retain our talent by adapting to our staff’s changing needs. The arrangements we offer our people include part-time work, maternity and paternity leave, study leave, carer’s leave and options to work from home. We also stick by our staff and support them in times of illness.
Flexible work arrangements have been embraced enthusiastically by both male and female staff for a wide variety of reasons, including looking after children and other family members, study commitments and projects outside the legal practice. Over 20% of our staff currently have some type of flexible work arrangement.
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.