We are able to follow our shared value approach by working closely with our clients using our corporate skills and networks to provide an added benefit.
One such project is the work MinterEllison does with Westpac Legal and the Westpac Foundation around their Social Scale-Up Grants.
Jigsaw Business Solutions is one of the 5 winners of Westpac Foundation’s A$300,000 grants. Our involvement is in partnering with Westpac Legal and the Westpac Foundation to provide pro-bono legal support to Jigsaw.
Jigsaw provides digitisation services to government and business, employing people with disability on award wages. It has 10 full time employees and 50 training spots and is looking to expand its business. The organisation has 3 elements – a training program for people with disability, the digitisation business (utilising those trainees and providing work experience) and a temp agency – placing the workers into mainstream employment. In addition to a A$300,000 grant (over 3 years), Westpac provides an ambassador to the grant recipient whose job it is to ensure that the recipient gets access to all the financial and non-financial offerings Westpac has to offer and now also access to MinterEllison's pro bono program.
This is just one example of aligning our pro bono program with our strategy of becoming our clients' best partner.