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Foreign Minister establishes Advisory Group on Business and Human Rights

As global momentum builds around National Action Plans (NAP) on Business and Human Rights, the Australian Government has established a multi-stakeholder Advisory Group to provide expert advice on Australian implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). Alice Cope, Executive Director, GCNA and Vanessa Zimmerman, Chair, GCNA Human Rights Leadership Group, as well as a number of GCNA member representatives, are among the experts in the group.

In announcing the Advisory Group, Australia’s Foreign Minister, the Hon. Julie Bishop MP said the group will “provide expert advice to support government and business to work together to improve human rights, including a review of existing laws, policies and best practices relevant to the [UNGPs].”

The Advisory Group was announced following consultations in 2016 with business led by the GCNA, and with civil society. The consultations found broad support for the development of a NAP, and also highlighted the importance of multi-stakeholder dialogue.

Read Foreign Minister, the Hon. Julie Bishop MP’s announcement of the Advisory Group here.