Good morning Vietnam

Law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques has an established Community program recognised as a best practice benchmark in Corporate Social Responsibility.

The program reflects the firm’s culture, with community involvement seen as part of the professional responsibility of Mallesons’ people.  Additionally, the program is seen to create an enriched working experience for its employees through the provision of opportunities that are beyond the commercial business environment.

With this in mind, the firm has established a number of partnerships with specific objectives of helping to alleviate poverty, improving community welfare and helping children and young people at risk.

Mallesons has a deep and longstanding relationship with CARE Australia.  A recent Cycling Challenge through Vietnam (organised by Intrepid) was an ideal opportunity for a team from the firm to visit a CARE Australia project supported by Mallesons’ Workplace Giving Program.

The project, Clean Water for Schools, is building toilets and hand-washing facilities at 37 schools in the Mekong Delta and provides health and sanitation education (through drawing competitions and games) so that children stay healthy. Such education is crucial, as poor hygiene practices, contaminated water and bad sanitation are the cause of almost half the deaths and diseases among Vietnam’s youngest children.

Mallesons’ Chairman Frank Zipfinger led a group of staff, family and friends on a two week journey though Vietnam’s highlands to the Mekong.

“Seeing the CARE-supported school and meeting some of the children we have been helping was definitely the highlight of the journey,” he said. “The cycling trip was a perfect way for our staff to become involved with CARE Australia through much more than simply a financial commitment. I think we now better appreciate the issues that people in the developing world face every day.”

More information on Mallesons’ Community program.  (now King Wood & Malleson)

More information on the work of Care Australia.

About the Author:

Tamerlaine Beasley is an expert who enables effective collaboration and communication in diverse and global workplaces.She is a member of the Board of the Australia-ASEAN Council for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and founder and Managing Director of Beasley Intercultural, Australia’s premier cross-cultural training and consultancy company.Tamerlaine’s keynote presentations, advisory services and training programs are described by clients as ‘transformational’ and ‘game changing’. Examples of her work include: coaching and advising business leaders in Australia and Asia; working with global teams to optimise performance; developing a framework for training and capability building through international partnerships for APEC; building local staff capacity at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific; leading the development of diversity and inclusion programs for the Australian Public Service Commission and the Department of Defence.