New Zealand: Positive difference: Chapman Tripp's latest CSR Report
Last Updated: 14 December 2016

Chapman Tripp is proud to release its latest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report – Partnership: Making a positive difference for our people, community and environment.

Chair of Chapman Tripp's CSR Committee, Edward Scorgie, said the firm recognised its obligation to give back to the community in which the firm and our clients live and work.

"Being a good corporate citizen is about providing value in all respects and ensuring we contribute positively to society, as well as to our people, clients and suppliers, community and environment," Scorgie said.

"Our lawyers are also encouraged to make a difference in a personal capacity, with regular fundraisers and paid volunteering days."


In 2014, the firm reshaped its CSR approach, dedicating a significant proportion of its CSR efforts to a small number of national organisations.

"We selected community partners that reflect our CSR focus and core values, and those organisations are Aera Foundation, Creative HQ, First Foundation, New Zealand Opera and The Sir Peter Blake Trust," Scorgie said.

Lawyers throughout the firm have worked on Aera Foundation projects, which aim to commit capital funding and expertise into "purposeful social innovation". In June this year, Chapman Tripp Partner Ross Pennington and Senior Associate Luke Ford assisted in the co-design of a unique social bond for Eat My Lunch: the "Lunch Bond" that provides both financial and social returns to lenders.

Creative HQ is an innovation hub that Chapman Tripp supports through financial contributions, pro bono or discounted legal services and various mentoring and advisory roles. This year, Creative HQ developed new programmes and helped 108 entrepreneurs and 44 teams to accelerate their businesses through programmes in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Chapman Tripp has provided pro bono legal support to First Foundation – an organisation dedicated to breaking the generational poverty cycle – for many years before expanding the relationship in 2015 to also include financial and volunteer support. The firm also funds the First Foundation scholarship, which is awarded to a female student of Pasifika descent who is the first in their family to attend university.

New Zealand Opera (NZO) is one of Chapman Tripp's key CSR partners, to which the firm provides financial, pro bono and volunteer support. NZO and Chapman Tripp's relationship extends back to 1995, when Chapman Tripp became the naming sponsor of the opera chorus for the old Auckland Opera Company and maintained that relationship through the Opera's mergers and growth to become NZO.

The Sir Peter Blake Trust helps New Zealanders make a positive difference for the planet through activities that encourage environmental awareness and action, and leadership development. Chapman Tripp has worked with the Trust since 2004, assisting with its establishment and providing ongoing pro bono legal support. In 2015, the relationship expanded when the Trust became one of Chapman Tripp's key CSR partners, which includes financial, pro bono and volunteer support.


Chapman Tripp's 'Footprint' project was established in 2007, and since then the firm has made a positive difference across the areas of waste reduction and recycling, energy consumption, travel and being mindful of our supply chain.


Manaakitangi, the concept of nurturing respect for each other, is the heart of Chapman Tripp's culture. The firm is committed to growing diversity in the organisation and making sure every single person feels included and able to deliver their best.

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