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Corporate and Social Responsibility

Holding Redlich recognises the importance of giving back to the communities in which we operate and making our firm as sustainable as is possible. We aim to implement best practice environmental, social and governance policies and initiatives.

Environment, social, and governance

Environment, social, and governance

Commitment to annual reporting across sustainable and inclusive workplaces, community support, environmental conservation and responsible governance.

Members of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA) – an industry led association working collaboratively to promote best practice sustainability commitments and performances across the legal sector.

Our 2020 AusLSA Sustainability Profile

Ethical and responsible procurement

Ethical and responsible procurement

Holding Redlich is committed to respecting human rights and believes there is no place for modern slavery in the operations of any ethical business. We have joined the fight against modern slavery by working to ensure we apply best practice principles to ensure ethical and responsible procurement in our supply chains and operations.

'Reflect' Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

'Reflect' Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

Approved by Reconciliation Australia. 

Focusing on respect, relationships and opportunities. Promoting human rights and social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander associations, businesses and peoples.

National pro bono program

National pro bono program

Promoting human rights and social justice. 

Key areas of focus:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • refugees and people seeking asylum
  • the arts
  • women and youth at risk
  • employment law and discrimination
  • senior’s law and elder abuse
  • charities and not-for-profits
  • environment
  • arts.

2020/21 Pro bono statistics

  • 8,863 hours of pro bono work
  • 45 partners and 212 lawyers/graduates
  • 71 partners / lawyers / graduates exceed 35 hours of pro bono work.
Charities and not-for-profits

Charities and not-for-profits

Provided pro bono support to 125 charities and not-for-profits in 2020/21. 

  • assistance to organisations within our focus areas, including Victorian Traditional Owners Land Justice Group, Refugee Legal, Brisbane Youth Service, Environmental Defenders Office, Seniors Rights Victoria, Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre and Women’s Legal Service.
Supporting the Arts

Supporting the Arts

Strong commitment to supporting the arts by:

  • proudly sponsoring Salon des Refusés in New South Wales, the Victorian College of the Arts Art Masters Exhibition, the Flying Arts Alliance in Brisbane and regional Queensland and the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair
  • our longstanding relationship with the Arts Law Centre of Australia – providing pro bono support to artists and arts organisations, including a number of Aboriginal community arts centres.
Social Justice Fund

Social Justice Fund

Structured workplace giving program with the firm matching staff donations.

190 staff and partners
contributed in 2020/2021

$62,000
donations for 2020/2021

$459,700
total donations since 2006
Social procurement

Social procurement

Prioritising the purchase of goods and services from social enterprises, including Supply Nation certified businesses.

Putting Australia first

Putting Australia first

Engaging local consultants and contractors. Investing in training and up-skilling our employees. Programs to support and develop law students and graduates in commencing their legal careers and gain admission into legal practice.

100 per cent Australian-owned law firm

Employee assistance program

Employee assistance program

Free, professional and confidential counselling and support for partners and staff experiencing challenges both inside and outside the workplace.

Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion

Recognising, valuing and embracing diverse backgrounds and unique experiences of our partners and staff. 

Celebrating gender, age, ethnicity, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation and religious beliefs, and promoting through a range of initiatives.

Member of Diversity Council Australia.

Gender equality

Gender equality

13th consecutive year as an ‘Employer of Choice for Gender Equality’ – awarded by the Commonwealth Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). 

Recognises our commitment to providing a safe and flexible working environment and celebrates our diverse and inclusive culture.

2020/21 Firm gender equality statistics

  • nationally, 70 per cent of our employees are women
  • 32 per cent of our partners are female, 5 per cent above the industry average
  • our gender pay gap is currently at 3.15 per cent, well below the national average of 14.2 per cent.