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Corporate social responsibility

At Sparke Helmore, we continually take proactive steps to ensure that the firm has a positive impact on the communities within which we operate, provides a rewarding working environment for our staff, and understand and positively shape the social issues that matter to our business.  

People

We devote significant time and resources to ensuring that we provide a happy and healthy work environment for our people. We invest in partner and staff well-being and professional development and offer flexible, safe work practices. We also have a strong diversity program, including a Six Degrees women's network that we run for staff and clients.

As part of that commitment to the well-being of all our people and to support those at the firm who either directly or indirectly may be affected by domestic and family violence, the firm has a Domestic and Family Violence Policy in place.  You can view the Policy here.

 Having this policy as a public document also demonstrates support for the insurance industry and our commitment to helping our insurance clients meet their obligations under the General Insurance Code of Practice 2020.

Modern Slavery Statement

This is the first Modern Slavery Statement for Sparke Helmore under the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth).  It covers the reporting period 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 and was approved by the Sparke Helmore Board on 25 March 2021.
 
The purpose of this Statement is to outline Sparke Helmore’s ongoing commitment to identifying and understanding the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our operations and supply change. The Statement also reports on the steps we have taken to implement robust frameworks and processes to minimise these risks.  Through the measures we take we hope to contribute to a global reduction in modern slavery and human trafficking.
 
You can view our Modern Slavery statement here.

Community investment

We support the communities in which we operate by providing pro bono legal and other non-legal services in a way that ensures the greatest possible positive impact on society and is rewarding for our staff.  We do this primarily through our Pro Bono Practice and our Community Program.

Environmental management

We are committed to minimising the environmental impact of our business and ensuring our operations are conducted in line with the principles of ecologically sustainable development. We strive to ensure that the conduct of our business is environmentally sound and acceptable to our clients, staff and the community at large.

We are an active member of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA) an affiliation of Australian law firms dedicated to reducing their environmental impact. A condition of membership is that we measure and take steps to reduce our environmental impact on an annual basis. We have committed to formulating an environmental management system through AusLSA. In doing so, the firm is focused on reducing its environmental footprint, ensuring it is sourcing environmentally sustainable products, and implementing systems and procedures to monitor and manage resource consumption.

This Environmental Policy describes Sparke Helmore’s commitment to the principles of sustainable development and our intention to promote the principles of sustainable development and best practice environmental management.  This Policy also addresses Sparke Helmore’s position on and commitment to climate change.  If you have any questions about this policy, please contact Sparke Helmore’s Director of Office Services & Premises.

Click here to view the Environmental and Climate Change Commitment Policy.