Our community investment programme forms a fundamental part of Bell Gully's culture. Our policies guide our commitment to the communities that all of us live and work in.
Bell Gully supports a wide range of not-for-profit entities by contributing our time, expertise and financial support to organisations that work for the good of our local communities.
The firm strives to build long-term partnerships with organisations dedicated to improving the quality of life for people.
The community we live in
Bell Gully is committed to making meaningful contributions to initiatives that support the wellbeing of our communities, and the positive growth and development of the people within them.
Our assistance to community initiatives comes in the form of donations, fundraising efforts and by volunteering our time and skills to provide practical and appropriate help.
We have long-standing relationships with local and national charities, and we actively encourage and support our people to get involved in them, for a good cause. Supplementing our formal programme, inspiring individual efforts demonstrates the firm's culture of giving back to the community. It is a spirit that is expressed at every level of the firm – from our summer clerks, lawyers and business support staff through to partnership level.
Among those with whom we work are:
Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand
For many years now, Bell Gully partners and staff have put their heads on the line as part of the Shave for a Cure campaign to support the work Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand do with patients and families of those affected by leukaemia and related blood conditions. We also field teams to conquer the Sky Tower steps, and the Fire Fighter Sky Tower steps challenges. These annual events raise significant funds, together with awareness for the six New Zealand adults and children diagnosed with leukaemia and related conditions every day.
The InZone Foundation is an educational initiative providing access for Maori and Pacific Island students to top academic performing state schools by housing them in zone. Inspired by the initiative, some of Bell Gully's junior lawyers established a structured mentoring programme for InZone Auckland Grammar School students. The programme has proven to be a great success, benefiting the students as well as our junior lawyers. We are keen to set up a similar programme for the recently established InZone programme at Epsom Girls Grammar School.
Pacific Islands Law Students Association
We have worked with the Pacific Island Law Students Association (PILSA) to set up small group workshops to help PILSA members with their applications to large law firms for graduate recruitment programmes.
At Christmas time, we co-ordinate collection and purchase of gifts and food for the disadvantaged, on behalf of the Auckland City Mission and the Wellington City Mission.
Summer clerk volunteering
Each year, we send our summer clerks out to one of our pro bono clients to provide practical assistance. For many years, our summer clerks volunteered at the houses of Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ patients, assisting with general maintenance, cleaning and gardening. This has included working on a construction site in Manurewa, where they sanded and painted interiors, built fences, removed scaffolding and assisted with landscaping on a new home as part of Habitat for Humanity's, Assisted Ownership Programme for families in need.
CanTeen Crank charity event
A team of Bell Gully cycling enthusiasts complete 12 consecutive one hour indoor cycling classes to raise funds for the CanTeen Crank charity event.
Safer Homes in New Zealand Every Day
Our programme doesn't shy away from charities that address confronting issues. We support Safer Homes in New Zealand Every Day (Shine). Domestic violence affects very large numbers of New Zealanders every day, and Shine not only works to support those who are negatively impacted, but also to rehabilitate the perpetrators as well. Our staff have assisted with Shine's street appeal, and raised money on Orange Friday with a bake sale.
SPCA's Cupcake Day
Each year our staff host a cupcake competition and sale, donating funds to the SPCA.
Each year we see varying results from our people's efforts to grow facial hair, raising funds and awareness for men's health issues through the Movember Foundation.
Helping the environment
We aim to use natural resources in a sustainable way, and are serious about minimising the environmental impact of our operations.
We do this by:
We take steps to minimise waste and recycle materials wherever practicable.
Having a sustainable supplier network
We seek partnerships with suppliers who demonstrate sound environmental values and practices.
Wisely using energy and other resources
We seek to improve energy efficiency and conservation wherever possible. We have instituted measures to minimise electricity, gas and water use.
We choose to be located in premises operated by property managers committed to sustainable practices. The Vero Centre in Auckland has achieved the UK Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Award for building efficiency and an EECA Energy Wise Award.