Corporate social responsibility
At Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick (POF), we recognise our responsibility to corporate social responsibility (CSR). To bring focus to our efforts and create measurable goals, we have tailored our approach to CSR around the following key areas:
- Diversity & inclusion.
- Health & wellbeing.
- Environment & sustainability.
We support these key areas with the following actions:
- Pro bono work.
- In-kind contributions.
- Awareness, recognition, & charitable giving.
For us, this means we seek to find relevant opportunities to help support and strengthen our community, by promoting and facilitating participation in a range of activities.
Diversity & inclusion
Develop initiatives that drive our commitment to being a diverse and inclusive organisation.
The POF Group is a signatory to the Diversity and Equality Charter, a Law Council of Australia initiative. We are committed to promoting diversity, equality, respect and inclusion consistent with the principles of justice, integrity, equity and the pursuit of excellence upon which the profession is founded.
We recognise that diversity benefits the legal profession, as well as the wider community, and we support initiatives that encourage this. We are constantly aiming to develop our own initiatives that drive our commitment to being a diverse and inclusive organisation.
Some initiatives and programs we proudly sponsor are:
- BioMelbourne Network’s Connecting Women lunch.
- RACI’s Women in Chemistry Group.
- SBE Australia’s E3 Program.
Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
POF proudly recognises the Traditional Custodians of our land by acknowledging the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, through multiple channels.
Health & wellbeing
Provide our people with access to services, programs and activities that promote a culture of physical and mental health and well-being.
Health and wellbeing embodies the physical, mental and social health of our people, which when combined with a balanced lifestyle, enables us be at our best. We have made it one of our core principles to provide all of our people with access to services, programs and activities that promote a culture of physical and mental health and well-being.
Our Health & Wellbeing Program has been designed to increase staff member awareness of their own health and physical wellbeing, including its relationship to and impact on their careers and lives. The program promotes and facilitates voluntary access to a range of diverse strategies, activities, services and resources that enables increased opportunities for our people to improve their health and wellbeing.
Some of the initiatives included in the program:
- Annual influenza immunisations & eye health checks
- At work yoga
- Biennial skin cancer checks
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Fruit at work
- Life/salary continuance insurance
Environment & sustainability
Operate our business in a way which minimises our impact on the environment, through sustainable practices such as recycling, waste management and reuse of items or materials where practical.
Through the development and implementation of our own ICT systems, we operate paperless intellectual property files, resulting in the dramatic reduction of paper consumption and print related consumables.
We are committed to driving progress in this area and aim to continue to reduce our environmental footprint through greater awareness and education. As environmental impact grows to become a bigger responsibility of everyone in the global community, we’re striving to meet these expectations wherever we can.