Making a difference in our community
At Clayton Utz we've set serious goals for our social responsibility programs to help address disadvantage and support access to justice in the communities in which we work and live.
As a part of Clayton Utz, you'll be encouraged to join in and make a difference.
Our partners and employees volunteer time and co-ordinate resources to assist community organisations through our community involvement program.
Community Connect has encouraged our people to develop relationships with our Community Partners across Australia by using their skills, resources and enthusiasm to seize opportunities which include climbing mountains with children with cerebral palsy, running skills workshops in women's prisons and serving hot drinks to people living on the street.
Clayton Utz Foundation
The Clayton Utz Foundation provides financial support to charities where our people are already providing pro bono or volunteering support, either through one of our programs or in their own time.
Over $9.3 million has been distributed in grants to over 200 charities since 2003. The Foundation is supported by an ongoing financial commitment from the Firm, and the generous contributions from individual partners and employees though our Workplace Giving Program.
Reconciliation Action Plan
Our work with First Australians is reflected in our Reconciliation Action Plan, which commits us to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other Australians to overcome the challenges and disadvantage faced by some First Australians. This includes Community Partnerships, Pro Bono work and Clayton Utz Foundation funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and those working with First Australians.
The Reconciliation Action Plan has informed our procurement policies with over $300,000 in procurement from Aboriginal business in the last year. The firm has also funded two significant scholarships for Aboriginal law students to support them through their studies.
We have implemented environmental sustainability initiatives that assist us to understand the impact our business operations have on the environment and we incorporate sustainability into our decision-making.
As a proud founding member of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA), an industry-led association working collaboratively to promote sustainable practices across the legal sector, we have implemented the certified AusLSA Environmental Management System (AEMS). The AEMS helps us understand and manage our environmental risks, and make remedial plans to minimise our impacts.
During FY16, we reduced our electricity consumption by 12.5% nationally. We also measured our FY16 carbon emissions in line with the federal government's National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) and purchased carbon credits to fully offset these emissions. We plan to measure and offset our FY17 carbon emissions in line with NCOS.