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Corporate social responsibility

At MinterEllison, we take great pride in dedicating our collective skills, time and resources to breaking cycles of disadvantage in the communities in which we live and work.

As a legal and professional services firm, we embrace our professional responsibility of expanding access to justice. This goes to the very core of our values. As a major Australian and international employer, with a diverse array of skills and backgrounds, we seek to engage our entire workforce in our community work through a mix of programs and opportunities.

At the heart of every community initiative we undertake is a spirit of purpose and partnership.

Today, and into the future, we seek to deliver positive impact through a combination of:

  • delivering 'access to justice' through the commitment of our lawyers – a proud tradition and a core future commitment;
  • engaging with the education sector to build opportunities for students from less advantaged backgrounds;
  • deepening our community partnerships with charities and not-for-profit organisations to build their capacity and amplify their social impact;
  • supporting start-up social enterprises to create employment and training opportunities for marginalised citizens;
  • contributing to Australia's national goal of 'closing the gap' for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through our Reconciliation Action Plan;
  • continuing to diversify our workforce to strengthen our credentials as an employer of choice; and
  • acting ethically and sustainably in all of our business operations.

 

By honouring these commitments, we not only build better communities, we also build a better business.

Annette Kimmitt
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner

Kate Cato
Head, Organisational Development

The essence of what we do

Our consistent goal for over 15 years has been 'breaking cycles of disadvantage'. We do this in four priority areas:

Access to justice

Access to justice

Homelessness

Homelessness (including domestic and family violence)

Disadvantaged youth 

Disadvantaged youth

Alleviate poverty 

Alleviation of poverty

We have a strong record of staying connected to the communities in which we live and work. Our pro bono legal work and our broader community partnerships are part of our culture at MinterEllison.

How we deliver impact

We seek to build deep, long-term community partnerships, featuring a combination of strategies.

  • Pro bono legal work
  • Outreach legal clinics for homeless clients
  • Law reform and policy-related research to inform social change
  • Student mentoring/school partnerships
  • Pro bono secondments
  • In kind assistance
  • Event hosting
  • Workplace giving
  • Donations and sponsorships
  • Fundraising activities
  • Voluntary board service for charities and NFPs

Our community partnerships maximise engagement with our people, our clients and the community sector to achieve collective impact. 

Enhancing the effectiveness of in-house legal teams

A robust in-house legal function, represented at the table by a general counsel, sends an important signal to all internal and external stakeholders that legal and ethical compliance matters.