Wednesday, 16 October 2019
11:30am – 3:00pm
BHP Offices, 171 Collins Street, Melbourne Victoria
The Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA) and the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI) invite you to a deep dive workshop on engaging effectively with external stakeholders, including civil society, governments, investors and business partners around human rights risk management.
GBI is a global, cross-industry business-led organisation that works to advance corporate respect for human rights around the world. Since 2009, GBI members have worked together to shape practice, inspire commitment and build capability to implement respect for human rights in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). This workshop presents a unique opportunity for GCNA members and Australian-based colleagues of GBI member companies to exchange practices and experiences of engaging with stakeholders on human rights issues.
This small and interactive workshop will support participants to share and discuss different approaches that companies can take to engage with a wide range of stakeholders – both in developing their human rights policies, processes and grievance mechanisms – and in responding to allegations of business involvement in human rights harm. In particular, we will explore ways to navigate the often challenging conversations that take place internally and externally as part of stakeholder engagement processes. This is a timely discussion, given the increasing pressure from investors, civil society, governments and business partners on human rights due diligence and access to remedy manifesting in a range of ways, including through shareholder resolutions, campaigns and financing requirements.
The workshop will be practical, and will include case studies and hypotheticals, as well as opportunities for participants to discuss their own real-life experiences in a Chatham House environment.
The workshop is targeted at companies with human rights policies and procedures that are familiar with the UNGPs and who have expressed an interest in further progressing their implementation.
More information to follow.
Please note that this workshop is strictly invitation only and, due to limited space, we are only able to offer one place per organisation. If you have any questions please get in touch.