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Community and pro bono

A central part of our commitment to be "energetic for change", is investing in the future of New Zealand’s communities - helping them to grow and thrive.

Our pro bono partner, Shan Wilson, leads and implements our efforts to deliver practical, hands on support for people and organisations, helping to make a positive difference.

 

A focus on pro bono

In 2020 Simpson Grierson took a big step forward in how we invest in our communities by expanding our pro bono practice, and appointing Shan Wilson as a dedicated pro bono partner. Over 12 months on, these changes have had a positive impact on our firm and the community organisations we work with.

Importantly, the changes refocused how we engage in pro bono work across our firm, placing a priority on providing meaningful legal assistance for initiatives and organisations that deliver practical support to disadvantaged and low-income community members.

See our pro bono page for more detail and click here to read our latest pro bono update: Invested for good.

 

Supporting our community partners

We take our responsibility to our communities seriously, and our people play a key role in this. Some of the amazing groups we work with include:

  • Youthline - we're proud to have worked with Youthline as our main community partner for the last 16 years in their mission to foster leadership and personal skills in young people
  • Scholarships - we have a strong focus on supporting community partners that help young people reach their full potential, and are proud to collaborate with Waikato-Tainui, Ngāi Tahu, and TupuToa on their initiatives aimed at helping Māori and Pasifika students to succeed
  • Ōrākei School - our long-running partnership with Ōrākei School is centred around a weekly mentoring programme for the school’s Year 8 pupils and has a lasting and positive impact on their students and our people.
     

Diversity, belonging and wellbeing

Having a workplace that prioritises who you are, as much as what you do, is not something we take lightly, and it matters to us that every one of our people feels like they belong here. Some of our milestones include:

  • Supporting our Rainbow Community - we're extremely proud to be the first organisation in New Zealand to achieve the Rainbow Tick certification (2014), and in 2019 we jumped onboard as a sponsor of the New Zealand Rainbow Excellence Awards - presenting the Simpson Grierson Impact Award
  • Launching our Our Ngā Mātāpono o Te Reo Māori - Te Reo Māori principles in 2020. Providing a framework for our ongoing Te Reo Māori initiatives as we find new ways to embrace and integrate Te Reo Māori into daily activity
  • Rolling out comprehensive flexible working policies and practices across all offices
  • Launching our internal ‘Find your people’ networks, including for Māori and Pasifika, Pride, Asian Cultures and Languages, Parents, and Elder Care Support.
     

Making the transition to carbon zero

Our climate change practice is a leader in providing commercially-sound legal advice on climate change matters and the business impacts of transitioning towards a low carbon future.

We apply the same principles to our day-to-day activities, continually looking for practical ways to reduce our environmental impact, and were delighted to receive our Toitū carbonzero (CertTM) certification in September 2020. Click here to learn more.