Corporate Social Responsibility
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As a leading Australian law firm, we recognise our responsibilities to our clients, staff, suppliers and the wider communities in which we live and operate. We are proud of our Corporate Social Responsibility program, which includes:
HWL Ebsworth is also cognisant that our staff play a vital role in contributing to this program, both in the office and at home. A key component of our program involves raising awareness and encouraging staff to adopt strategies to minimise their use of energy, waste, water and transport, whilst contributing positively to the broader community.
Pro bono program
HWL Ebsworth has an active pro bono program aimed at providing free legal assistance to people who are disadvantaged or marginalised and to the not-for-profit sector in Australia. We see this as an important part of our professional responsibility as lawyers and our engagement with the wider community.
As part of our program, we act for individuals and organisations in a range of matters such as tenancy, credit/debt, victims compensation, employment and discrimination, corporate and taxation advice and native title.
HWL Ebsworth is a signatory to the National Pro Bono Resource Centre's Aspirational Target. The firm is also a member of the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH) in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.
Examples of our pro bono work include:
We have ongoing pro bono relationships with a number of not for profit entities such as Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, Lort Smith Animal Hospital and Family Planning NSW.
We provide regular volunteer solicitors to assist community legal centres including Marrickville Legal Centre and Kingsford Legal Centre in Sydney. We also host regular training sessions for community legal centres.
In addition to our pro bono work within Australia, we also work on development projects in the Asia/Pacific region on a pro bono or reduced fee basis, particularly in the area of HIV legal policy and law reform.