In 2014, the Global Compact Network Australia convened Australia’s first national, multi-sector, multi-stakeholder dialogue on business and human rights, in partnership with the Australian Human Rights Commission. The Dialogue is now an annual event, and Australia’s only forum that brings all stakeholder groups together to engage in learning, sharing and collaboration and to drive the business and human rights agenda forward.
The 2014 Dialogue highlighted that the business and human rights discussion in Australia had largely moved beyond ‘why’ business should respect human rights, to practical questions around ‘how’ to effectively do so.
The 2015 Dialogue highlighted that momentum around business and human rights continues to build in Australia, including implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. However, challenges remain. A key theme that emerged was transparency and disclosure. Translating human rights was highlighted as a continuing challenge. Another was integrating human rights across business functions. Managing human rights in supply chains was also identified as a key area for ongoing improvement, noting that issues have arisen both in international and domestic supply chains.
The 2016 Dialogue dived deeper into the stakeholder engagement elements of managing human rights-related risks.
The 2017 Dialogue explored the elements of human rights due diligence.
The 2018 Dialogue focused on embedding human rights in global supply chains, with a focus on modern slavery.
The 2019 Dialogue focused on doing business with respect for human rights in the Asia Pacific region.
2019 Dialogue: Doing Business with Respect for Human Rights in the Asia Pacific Region.
17 October 2019, Melbourne
2018 Dialogue: Human Rights Due Diligence
13 November 2018, Melbourne
2017 Dialogue: Human Rights Due Diligence
31 October 2017, Melbourne