As a business, as a team and as individuals, Lowndes’ people are using our skills and resources to make a positive difference in our community and to our environment and therefore to us all.
The Shadow a Leader programme gives Auckland secondary school students and AUT Faculty of Business, Economics and Law students the opportunity to follow a business leader for a day and to understand what it takes to succeed in the leader’s field of endeavour. The selected students are identified as portraying business leadership potential.
Lowndes hosts two students every year to shadow Mark Lowndes, Managing Director. The students have the opportunity to meet and chat with all the staff from junior to senior levels and Mark arranges a tour of two other businesses to broaden the days’ experiences.
The Auckland Community Law Centre (ACCL) gives free legal advice to Aucklanders who can’t afford it. Some of their vulnerable clients are facing truly life changing legal risks and ACLC ensures their access to justice. ACLC are also committed to educating the community through legal education events.
Jacque Lethbridge, Lowndes Director, has been on the ACCL board for 6 years and is the current Chair.
Maungaturoto Community Charitable Trust has both built and now runs, a rest home, a village for elderly residents, low cost rental accommodation for elderly residents and a medical centre. It is now building a 16 bed dementia and palliative care facility.
Warren Butterworth, Lowndes Consultant, has served on the Maungaturoto Community Charitable Trust board for over 20 years.
‘Give a Kid a Blanket’ is a community activated art action lead by artists Bernie Harfleet and Donna Turtle Sarten, and run across the greater Auckland area.
Each Winter since 2015, ’Give a Kid a Blanket’ has gathered blankets and other winter warmers, which are given to children and families in need through social workers, public health nurses and other community workers.
This year Lowndes supported the community by donating to the Give a Kid Blanket give-a-little page, and also collecting items from the Lowndes team and from the other tenants of Lowndes House, and dropping the items off to the Give a Kid a Blanket team.
Lowndes is delighted to support the amazing team at Eat My Lunch. Eat My Lunch helps Kiwi kids in need by providing lunches to those who would otherwise go without. We have used Eat My Lunch catering for our morning teas, working lunches and have also bought additional Give Two lunches. A number of our staff subscribe to weekly lunches and have bought the Food for Good cookbook. We think this is a fantastic Kiwi social enterprise which is really making a difference and encourage you to support them too (their food is delicious!).
Auckland City Mission is one of Auckland’s most influential social service providers. The Mission provides unique and specialised health and social services to marginalised Aucklanders.
This year Lowndes is supporting the Auckland City Mission Santa’s Helper 2017 by raising funds and donating food and gifts to help provide a Christmas for struggling Auckland families.
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Jubilee Sailing Trust’s (JST) mission is to promote the integration of people of all physical abilities through the challenge and adventure of sailing tall ships on the open sea.
The JST takes both disabled and able-bodied men and women to sea, to not only teach them how to crew a tall ship, but to promote equality, sharing, and to celebrate our individual differences by working together to achieve greater things.
The Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter provides professional, efficient, emergency air ambulance, search and rescue services
The Auckland based Westpac Rescue Helicopter is staffed full-time by a highly experienced flight crew consisting of pilots, paramedics and crewmen, and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
In 2007 Lowndes became the first law firm in the country to be certified carbon neutral when we achieved carboNZero certification.
We know climate change is a significant business issue. Being carbon neutral creates substantial advantages for business as well as respecting the environment. Lowndes support other businesses in the carboNZero community.
The rigorous certification process requires us to measure our greenhouse gas emissions, develop an emissions management plan, set reduction targets and offset our emissions through the purchase of carbon credits.
Lowndes offsets it’s emissions with New Zealand-based credits from the Hinewai Reserve – a 1,250 hectare native forest regeneration project located in Banks Peninsula. The credits allow the reserve’s charitable trust to acquire neighbouring unfarmed land thus expanding the self-regenerating native forest cover. The investment not only helps carbon sequestration, but also encourages improvements in biodiversity, water quality and erosion control in the area. Watch this video to find out more about the Hinewai Reserve.
In June 2017 Lowndes received recognition at Enviro-Mark Solutions’ Outstanding Performance Award for Carbon Management in the Small Organisation category.
Lowndes is certified in accordance with ISO 14064-1:2006 or PAS 2050:2011, allowing to make carbon neutral claims with confidence in any market.
The Advocates for the Tongariro River (AFTT) is a charity dedicated to the preservation of the Tongariro River. It speaks out for the Tongariro River and fund ways such as replanting, eradication of non-native species and research to look after it so that it is here for all to enjoy in the years to come.
Warren Butterworth, Lowndes Consultant, has been an active and passionate AFTT member for 10 years, and board member for 3 years. He is currently the Co-Vice President.