At the POF Group, 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 a vision of “Health and Wellbeing.”
For us that means we find relevant opportunities to strengthen our community, grow our culture of diversity, equity and inclusion, invest in the health and wellbeing of our people and improve our relationship with the environment.
To achieve our CSR vision of Health and Wellbeing, we have developed a framework of policies and programs within five key areas:
We find opportunities to positively contribute to the communities in which we work.
Our contribution to the communities in which we work is an important element of our CSR program.
Our Community Contribution program aims to promote and facilitate voluntary participation in a range of initiatives to positively benefit the health and wellbeing of the communities in which we work.
We gift-match the monetary charitable donations made by our people towards the initiatives and events on our annual Community Contribution Program.
Some of the initiatives we support include:
- Jeans for Genes Day
- Australian Red Cross Blood Service Donations
Diversity & Opportunity
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 and the community as a whole, and support initiatives that encourage this.
Some initiatives 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 is our physical, mental and social health, which when combined with a balanced lifestyle, enables us be at our best.
Our Health & Wellbeing Program has been designed to increase staff member awareness of the concept of health and wellbeing, including its relationship to and impact on their careers and lives.
The program also 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.
Contribute to improving health and well-being within our community through pro-bono or discounted arrangements with health based organisations.
Banyule Community Health
Banyule Community Health is a not-for-profit community health service based in Melbourne that has been providing health care and welfare support services across multiple locations for over 40 years.
BCH exists to improve the health and wellbeing of the community and pride itself on listening and responding to what the community needs.
The POF Group are proud to be supporting Banyule Community Health through pro bono legal support.
Marnin Studio is a therapeutic healing space where Indigenous women come to create, learn and relax based in Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia. The space is an incubator for developing products that reflect the artist’s deep knowledge of the local environment, culture and community.
The studio combines a strength-based, community led, therapeutic approach to empowerment. Through this social enterprise model, the women have the opportunity to reach financial stability with the sale of their products.
The POF Group is delighted to be supporting the studio through pro bono legal support.
Pride Cup is an organisation that is committed to creating a world where all LGBTI+ people feel included and accepted. It began as a powerful gesture of mateship in a country footy club and has grown into a national movement for change.
A local football club came up with the idea to stage a Pride Cup, with players wearing rainbow jumpers and lines painted in rainbow colours to support the LGBTI+ community. It led to the annual AFL Pride Game, and has now spread across Australia and expanded into other sporting codes.
The POF Group is proud to support this great cause through pro bono IP services in order to facilitate their expansion plans.
Eastern Community Legal Centre
Eastern Community Legal Centre (ECLC) offers free legal assistance from offices in Box Hill, Boronia and Healesville during the day, at night and at outreach locations across Melbourne’s east. ECLC serves the local government areas of Boroondara, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehorse and the Yarra Ranges.
In addition to direct legal services, ECLC actively engages in law reform and undertakes community development to educate and empower people in the community. ECLC raises awareness of legal issues and provides education through projects and partnerships, workshops, media, events and publications.
We’re thrilled to be supporting ECLC through our pro bono IP work in licensing.
Women Can Pty Ltd trading as WomenCAN Australia is a social enterprise dedicated to empowering woman to create financial autonomy.
They operate a facilities maintenance business that offers an all women qualified trades team to undertake work on facilities where vulnerable women are accommodated. This includes:
- Crisis centres, community and emergency housing;
- Long term accommodation for disadvantaged women;
- Aged care centres;
- Women who live alone;
- Older couples living at home but where maintenance and repair has become too difficult, and;
- Prisons and other correctional facilities.
The POF Group is delighted to be supporting WomenCAN Australia, through pro bono trade mark support.