As one of our leaders at FB Rice, Partner Jo Martin has been a longstanding advocate for pursuing pro bono work alongside her busy trade mark practice.
At FB Rice we take steps every day to create a culture underpinned by our CHAT values and driven by our vision. These values align with broader community based values and as Partner Joanne Martin discusses, workplaces can well facilitate positive community values through their culture. This allows staff to take part in charitable contributions and helps the firm become a responsible corporate citizen.
How does working at FB Rice integrate community based values into its culture?
I think that the values of FB Rice are the same as those that motivate those who do community work, work for the environment or work in the 'caring professions' such as teaching and social work. These values are a belief in human worth and the opportunity for betterment for everyone. Such values are reflected in the behaviours of our firm overall, as well as the specific charitable and community service activities supported by FB Rice. I believe that the firm's charitable and community contribution is also a recognition that a full day's work is not, of itself, sufficient to provide self respect and feed one's passions.
How have you worked with pro bono groups at FB Rice?
FB Rice works with a number of charity and not-for-profit organisations on a pro bono basis, to assist with protection of trade marks and brands. We have protected the marks of Cystic Fibrosis Australia, Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, The Smith Family, Halo Australia and others. It is always a pleasure to help these clients achieve their goals for the continuation of research and improvement of outcomes for those who need support and care.
What underpins your charitable approach?
I believe that community caring and compassion is good for society, and improves the society we live in. I do not believe that we can soley rely on governments to alleviate social hardship.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by community leaders such as Rev Bill Crews who runs The Exodus Foundation whose life has been dedicated to helping those most vulnerable in our society, particularly the homeless. Other causes I am closely connected to are Wayside Chapel which focuses on providing support to the poor and homeless on Sydney streets and Barnardos which provides family support and foster care for children at risk. I am grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community. I know that I have received more than I have ever given
A final thought
Our work lives, our family life, our friendships and our community are not compartmentalised, but are closely connected, and contribute to our overall happiness, energy and passion.
Continuously Grow - We empower, inspire and develop.
Helpful - We help others to achieve.
Approachable - We are friendly with a positive attitude.
Teamwork - We come together as one team with one purpose.