“We see ourselves as an active member of the wider community.”
Peter Francis, Melbourne Pro bono partner
We’re proud to release the latest edition of our sustainability report – Sustain – July 2014 – June 2015
We take pro bono very seriously. Our community includes organisations and individuals working for the public good, but who have limited resources available to improve and protect their work. Our people recognise that many individuals in society cannot obtain access to justice without legal assistance on a pro bono basis.
We’re committed to supporting these organisations and individuals in matters of public interest by providing our legal services on a pro bono basis. Our pro bono scheme operates across all of the firm’s areas of practice. We assist clients with respect to corporate governance, commercial, tax and structuring advice, DGR applications, industrial relations, FOI as well as contract, property and estate disputes. We also advise pro bono clients on complex and sensitive complaints and decision review processes.
Maddocks is an active member of Justice Connect. We work closely with Justice Connect and other referral organisations to ensure that the needs of our pro bono clients are met quickly and professionally. We also support the Mental Health Legal Centre, Kids Under Cover and the Victorian Women’s Housing Association.
Sustainability & Environment
Maddocks is committed to operating in a sustainable and environmentally-responsible manner. In keeping with the firm’s vision of ‘sustainable success’, the Maddocks Environment Policy and Environment Plan align with the firm’s strategic objectives of having an outstanding working environment, living our values and investing for the future.
Our Environment Committee monitors the impact of the firm’s business activities. It devises and implements initiatives to curb any adverse environmental effects. The committee conducts regular employee education campaigns and continues to investigate the viability of green initiatives.
Since 2010, Maddocks has published four Sustainability Reports that have been researched and compiled with the assistance of Netbalance. The reports capture all aspects of sustainability throughout the firm and focus on four primary areas: business, people, community and environment. Take a look below:
- Sustain – Sustainability Report July 2014 – June 2015
- Sustain – Sustainability Report July 2013 – June 2014
- Sustain – Sustainability Report July 2012 – June 2013
- Everything Counts – Sustainability Report July 2011 – June 2012
- Making Sustainable Choices – Sustainability Report July 2010 – June 2011
- Maddocks Sustainability Report – 2010
The Maddocks Foundation provides annual grants to Australian charitable organisations to support projects and programs in the communities in which we live and work. Grants are awarded by the Maddocks Foundation in June each year in the following priority areas:
- General and Mental Health, and Medical Research
- Welfare and Human Rights
- Environment and Energy
- Family and Local Communities
Maddocks Foundation supports projects that are of particular interest to the firm, and our people. As such, each application must be sponsored by a Maddocks partner or employee.
Melbourne City Mission – Sleep at the ‘G
Melbourne City Mission works with some of Melbourne and Victoria’s most vulnerable individuals, families and communities – and is Maddocks’ oldest client. As part of the firm’s relationship with Melbourne City Mission, our partners join the ranks each year and sleep rough on a cardboard box at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which took on Thursday 21 May 2015.
Sleep at the ‘G is one of Melbourne City Mission’s biggest fundraisers. The funds raised support the much-needed homelessness services that Melbourne City Mission provides to young people experiencing disadvantage through Frontyard Youth Services. Melbourne City Mission sees approximately 3000 young people through its doors each year and Frontyard is a ‘one stop shop’ for homeless young people in the CBD and from across Victoria. This year, it hopes to raise $500,000 to help fight youth homelessness. For more information or to join the fight with a donation, please visit the website.
Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA)
Maddocks is a member of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA). Members work collaboratively to promote sustainable practices across the legal sector. The collaborative and inclusive approach facilitates the development of best practice sustainability guidelines for the Australian legal sector.
You can download the 2016 AusLSA report here.
Members of AusLSA commit to the AusLSA Principles, which includes a commitment to environmental reporting using the Environmental Consumption Calculator. The aim is to encourage members to measure, monitor and reduce their environmental consumption. The AusLSA Environment Consumption Report is not intended to provide a competitive framework whereby firms reproduce data and compare footprints. The size and structure of each firm has a significant impact on their footprint: larger firms, with multiple locations and a diverse client base tend, unsurprisingly, to have larger environmental footprints on a per capita basis.
The AusLSA provides a collaborative environment where all Australian law firms are encouraged to join and contribute to improving the sustainability of the Australian legal industry.