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JAWS donates fees from sustainable clients


James and Wells Intellectual Property — already a Silver sponsor of ours — have announced an innovative new sustainability strategy which includes donating a percentage of its fees from ‘sustainable clients’ towards our work.

The intellectual property firm has announced it will donate five per cent of professional fees received from clients who are members of the Sustainable Business Network or Sustainable Business Council, or are CEMARS or CarboNZero certified organisations.

Senior associate Jonathan Lucas says by donating 5% of James and Wells’ fees received from clients who actively promote sustainability, the firm is helping to raise funds for its chosen charity, Sustainable Coastlines, as well as promoting membership to these sustainability organisations.

“Being a part of these organisations has helped us on our sustainability journey and we have noticed more people have sought us out both in terms of new clients and new employees,” Mr Lucas says.

“We highly encourage more of our clients to become members of these sustainability organizations.”

Mr Lucas says the 5% initiative supports James and Wells’ Silver sponsorship of Sustainable Coastlines which has also involved James and Wells’ staff taking part in three beach clean ups this year, with several more planned over the summer months.

The clean-ups, at Ruapuke, near Raglan, Milford Creek and Long Bay on Auckland’s North Shore have resulted in a total collection of more than 222 kg of waste this year alone.

“We are lucky to be living in a country with such spectacular coastlines, but these clean-ups have highlighted just how much rubbish they contain. We are proud to have come on board as silver sponsors and proud to be improving the environment for all Kiwis.

“Contributing five per cent of our sustainable clients’ fees is one more way in which we can support Sustainable Coastlines, and at the same time encourage our clients to become sustainable.”

Sam Judd, our Co-founder and Events Director, says the results from the three clean-ups highlight just how important they are.

“We are extremely happy with James & Wells’ commitment to Sustainable Coastlines, and the results of their efforts show there is a huge amount of work required to re-dress and reverse the amount of rubbish that is discarded in the environment.”

The partnership is a key component of James & Wells’ drive towards corporate responsibility, which is focused particularly on sustainability.

“This is a long term commitment, and fits well with our sustainability strategy, complementing our recent achievement of becoming the first IP firm on the world to achieve CEMARS certification,” said Mr Lucas.