Past events

101 Workshop | Getting started with Business and Human Rights 2018

31 May

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event Details

You will be required to present photo ID at the reception on the upper ground floor prior to the meeting.
RSVP: Please register by Monday 28 May 2018 using the Register link to Eventbrite.

The event is kindly hosted by Global Compact Network Australia member: ANZ

The Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA) invites you to an introductory workshop on business and human rights. 

Businesses face growing expectations from governments and regulators, NGOs, business partners, investors and other stakeholders to ‘know and show’ that they respect human rights both at home and abroad.  This means that businesses need to understand what involvement they may have in adverse human rights impacts and what steps they will take to prevent and address this involvement. This discussion is not always easy to start internally, with a lack of understanding of what the phrase “human rights” actually includes; what reputational, legal and operational consequences may flow from involvement in an adverse human rights impact and how to ensure that this work is integrated into existing work. It is also important that businesses are equipped to participate in key policy discussions and respond to new and emerging business related-human rights regulation, including the Australian Government’s upcoming draft Modern Slavery legislation.
Led by Vanessa Zimmerman, Director, GCNA and Chair, GCNA Human Rights Leadership Group this 101 workshop will introduce the concept of human rights and explain what is expected of business under the concept of human rights and explain what is expected of business under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) – the authoritative global reference point on business and human rights. In doing so it will aim to build business’ practical capacity to identify and manage their human rights-related risks.
Participants will be provided with an outline of all of the elements of business responsibility to respect human rights under the UNGPs,with the workshop unpacking the origins of international human rights standards and outlining why and how they are now being applied to business. It will also explain the foundations of the UNGPs and how they tie into the UN Global Compact, the Sustainable Development Goals and other key sustainability initiatives.
This workshop will include an interview with a GCNA member on their human rights risk management and will also explore:
  • What human rights are
  • How human rights are relevant to business
  •  The business case for respecting human rights
  • Key elements of business responsibility to respect in the UNGPs including drafting a human rights policy, human rights due diligence and remediation
  • How the UNGPs fits with other corporate sustainability frameworks and standards

Note: GCNA Corporate members (over $50m annual revenue) that have selected the Participant Tier of membership for 2018 will receive multiple free registrations to this event as part of our value proposition. Please contact secretariat@unglobalcompact.org.au for instructions on how to redeem this.

All other categories of GCNA membership will receive one free registration and all additional tickets at a discounted rate. Please contact secretariat@unglobalcompact.org.au for your one free registration and for the code to access discounted tickets.

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