Australian Dialogue on Business and Human Rights

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.

In 2017, the Dialogue will explore the elements of human rights due diligence.

2017 Dialogue: Human Rights Due Diligence

31 October 2017, Melbourne

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Additional information available here

2016 Dialogue: Stakeholder engagement: Building relationships to advance human rights

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Summary & Outcomes Document

2015 Dialogue: Moving from policy to practice: Implementing business-related human rights responsibilities

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Summary & Outcomes Document

2014 Dialogue: Challenges and opportunities for Australian businesses at home and abroad: a multi-stakeholder dialogue

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Summary & Outcomes Document