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.
The SPCA is the only charity with the power to protect all animals including prosecuting people under the Animal Welfare Act 1999. Together with the communities, the SPCA has been protecting New Zealand’s animals for over 140 years – animals who are sick, injured, neglected, abused or simply abandoned.
Lowndes is delighted to be part of a community which help rescue, rehabilitate and re-home thousands of animals in need every year.
Lowndes had the pleasure of dropping off the items donated by the Lowndes staff to the SPCA this quarter in mid-October 2018. It is great to support an organisation which is looking after the vulnerable animals in our community.
‘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.
Lowndes supported the Auckland City Mission Santa’s Helper in 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 Toitū 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 Toitū 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.
In 2019 Lowndes offset its emissions with credit from Puhi Peaks Permanent Forest Sink Initiative (PFSI). PFSI promotes the establishment of permanent forests on private land giving the landowners the opportunity to earn emission units for the carbon absorbed by their forests. Last year Lowndes offset 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 2019 Lowndes was recognised in a nomination for Excellence in Climate Action (small organisation). The criteria requires a carbon footprint of less than 200 tCO2e, certification for at least 3 years, and achieving a minimum of 20% absolute reduction in carbon emissions. From there, performance is judged based on actual tonnes reduced. 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.