@GRIAusConf_Communicating Sustainability – how to get the balance right - Kelvin O'Connor

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@GRIAusConf_Communicating Sustainability – how to get the balance right - Kelvin O'Connor

  1. 1. CommunicatingSustainability – how toget the balance right..Chair: Renee Hancock, Member, GRI Australian Advisory GroupJames Ensor, Director Public Policy, OxfamRod McGuinness, Social Media Producer, ABCKelvin O’Connor, Chief Operating Officer, Henry Davis York
  2. 2. Henry Davis YorkCommunicating SustainabilityHow to get the balance right27 March 2012Kelvin O’ConnorChief Operating Officer
  3. 3. Communicating SustainabilityHow to get the balance rightAbout Henry Davis York• One of Australia’s oldest law firms operating from a main office in Sydney’s CBD and a smaller office in Brisbane• Recognised practices include Banking & Finance, Restructuring & Insolvency, Property & Construction, Environment & Planning, Dispute Resolution, Financial Services, Corporate & Commercial and Workplace Relations & Safety• Private Partnership – no requirement for any public reporting• Commenced sustainability program in 2005, with reporting in 2008
  4. 4. Communicating SustainabilityHow to get the balance rightFourth year of public Sustainability Reporting 2008, GRI C+ 2009, GRI C+ 2010, GRI C+ 2011, GRI C+ AA1000AS (2008) AA1000AS (2008) AA1000AS (2008) External Verification
  5. 5. Communicating SustainabilityHow to get the balance rightAudience and Challenges• ‘ALL’ Stakeholders• Readability vs statistically heavy• Not a “Glossy”• Open and transparent view of who we are and what we stand for• Talk about the sensitive issues that face the profession
  6. 6. Communicating SustainabilityHow to get the balance rightThe whole truth and nothing but the truth• Commitment from the board to become a leader in our sector• Sustainability is not a competition• Stated ‘up front’ any impediments to our progress• Truth in performance against targets• Transparency and honesty• The importance and value of external assurance
  7. 7. Communicating SustainabilityHow to get the balance rightDealing with the sensitive issues• Gender and equal opportunity• Staff Engagement• Health and well being – 2.5 times national average for depression across the profession – Don’t dwell on issues – focus on outcomes – Consider and act on all material issues

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