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Community

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.


Pro bono practice

We recognise some people and groups within the community face difficulties accessing legal advice. Led by pro bono partner, Shan Wilson, our pro bono practice focuses on legal advice and representation for the not‑for‑profits and charities that support members of the community who are low income or disadvantaged.

Through our practice we assist numerous people and groups, either on a one off or ongoing basis. A number of our staff attend the Auckland and Wellington Community Law Centres each year to assist with the provision of legal advice, and we also contribute to law reform and policy work on issues affecting low income and/or disadvantaged members of the community.

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Community activity

Our report Simpson Grierson In The Community 2020 looks at our community activity over the last 12 months and features some of the great organisations we work with. Highlights include:

PRO BONO

  • Appointed the New Zealand legal sector’s first dedicated Pro Bono Partner
  • Assisted community organisations including: Community Law Centres o Aotearoa, Auckland and Wellington Community Law Centres, Paralympics New Zealand, Melanoma New Zealand, Youthline, Outward Bound Trust of New Zealand, Sweet Louise Foundation, Look Good Feel Better, Child Cancer Foundation, Sony Foundation, The Food Hub Collective, Refugees as Survivors New Zealand, OKE Charity, Altus Enterprises, Sir Ray Avery Foundation, Hāpai Te Hauora, and The Hearing House.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

  • 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
  • Papatoetoe Food Hub – the Food Hub is an incredible social enterprise that empowers the local community to create solutions to address food security, and we’re very proud to have lent a hand in helping them flourish and grow
  • Community Law Centres – for a number of years, we’ve played a part in supporting the Centres' efforts to provide access to justice for disadvantaged members of the community 
  • 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
  • Steptember – we’ve participated in Steptember since it began in 2015, and last year we were recognised as a corporate partner and 2nd top fundraising company.

DIVERSITY, BELONGING AND WELLBEING

  • Support for 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
  • We're rolling out comprehensive flexible working policies and practices across all offices
  • Launched our internal ‘Find your people’ networks, including for Māori and Pasifika, Pride, Asian Cultures and Languages, Parents, and Elder Care Support.


Environment

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. It’s an ongoing focus and we are currently working towards carbon zero accreditation in 2020.

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