Corporate Social Responsibility
As a member of the wider Australian business community, Thomson Geer recognises its responsibility to make a meaningful commitment to corporate social responsibility, diversity and sustainability.
The firm is a member of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA) which is an organisation focused on working with law firms to promote best practice sustainability across the legal sector, encompassing sustainable and inclusive workplaces, community support, environmental conservation and responsible governance.
At Thomson Geer, we understand the importance of giving back to our community. This involves helping to ensure that all members of that community have access to legal representation and advice, and seeking opportunities to provide support for worthwhile causes.
An initiative our firm is committed to is the provision of pro bono legal advice to marginalised and disadvantaged groups across the States in which we operate.
Thomson Geer is a signatory to the National Pro Bono Resource Centre’s aspirational target of 35 hours of pro bono legal work per practitioner per year (in fact, our lawyers can spend up to 50 hours per year on approved pro bono matters and receive financial credit for this time). We are constantly looking for ways that we can connect our lawyers with pro bono opportunities that will utilise their skills to make a meaningful contribution to our local communities.
The firm offers pro bono services to many clients aligned with the firm’s priorities and positioning. This includes clients such as (this list is not exhaustive):
- Get Real Conscious Impact
- St Vincent’s Hospital
- Choice Passion Life (formerly Cerebral Palsy League of QLD)
- Global Centre for Modern Ageing
- HIV/AIDS Legal Centre
- Diabetes NSW ACT
- Arthritis Australia
- Maluk Timor Australia
- Motor Neurone Disease Association Queensland
- Together For Humanity
The firm also works with a number of structured pro bono referral programs such as (this list is not exhaustive):
- Justice Connect
- Homeless Persons Legal Service
Diversity and inclusion
We firmly believe in equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion, which is reflected in our Diversity and Inclusion Statement. Diversity is inherent to the way we operate and is core to the success of any business operating in a competitive market. Across the firm, we have a number of initiatives focused on developing a diverse and inclusive work environment.
We have adopted the Law Council of Australia’s Equitable Briefing Policy where we aim to brief women in at least 30 per cent of all matters and pay 30 per cent of the value of all brief fees.
The firm is committed to providing a flexible and supportive work environment and to that end has policies, arrangements and wellbeing initiatives that encourage and support employees to achieve a balance between their work and outside interests.
Thomson Geer is a member of the Australian Network on Disability (AND). Every year we celebrate fundraising and awareness initiatives and participate in the AND’s internship program, which matches university students with disability to businesses.
The firm also has social inclusion policies focusing on prioritising support for Indigenous Australians including through our purchase of promotional products from an Indigenous owned organisation and pro bono work for organisations supporting Indigenous Australians.
Our commitment to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is demonstrated in our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
Our Reflect RAP has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia and can be found here.
We see the RAP as an opportunity to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a meaningful way, strengthen the work we do to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and increase awareness within our firm.
The RAP reflects the firm’s culture and values around unity, diversity and inclusion.
Thomson Geer recognises our responsibility to make a meaningful commitment to minimise the impact of our operations on the environment and to use the resources consumed in delivering professional services to our clients in the most efficient way possible.
As with most professional services companies, our major environmental impacts occur through our everyday activities, which is why we have implemented a range of initiatives in relation to energy use, sourcing and consumption of paper and other materials, waste disposal and recycling.