The Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA) invites you to an introductory webinar on tracking performance and reporting on human rights, the third of four webinars in our business and human rights ‘101’ webinar series.
We will be joined by Rachel Cowburn-Walden, Global Senior Manager for Social Impact, Unilever and Ben Walker, Head of Sustainable Development, ANZ Bank. Vanessa Zimmerman, Director, GCNA and Chair, GCNA Human Rights Leadership Group will lead the webinar.
Reporting and tracking are necessary in order for a business to know itself and to show key stakeholders including affected rights-holders and investors that its human rights policies and processes are being implemented, that its human rights impacts are being identified and addressed effectively, and to drive continuous improvement.
This webinar will explore:
- How to track implementation of your human rights policies and processes and expectations around qualitative and quantitative factors
- How to report on human rights performance
- Cross-functional approaches to both tracking and reporting
- Global human rights reporting initiatives e.g. UN Global Compact, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, UNGPs Reporting Framework
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. Further building this momentum, in 2016, the Australian Government will begin formal consultations on a potential National Action Plan on business and human rights.
It is now critical for businesses to understand how to manage their human rights risks, and demonstrate that they are meeting their responsibilities. It is also important that businesses are equipped to participate in key policy discussions such as any forthcoming National Action Plan consultations. These webinars will bring businesses up to speed on the business and human rights agenda within Australia and globally, and outline the practical steps they need to take to manage their risks and meet their responsibilities on human rights.
Who should participate?
The webinar series is an essential core awareness-raising program for business on how to manage risks and meet growing stakeholder expectations around human rights. It is aimed at those new to business and human rights or looking for a refresher. While information will be provided about recent developments in the business and human rights field the series is targeted at those without extensive knowledge of the UNGPs. Other events will be held throughout the year to build on the series and to update members on new business and human rights initiatives and do some ‘deeper dives’ into specific issues.
The webinars are relevant for representatives from a wide range of business functions, including CSR / sustainability, community / stakeholder engagement, human resources, procurement, risk and compliance, legal and public affairs. The webinars are targeted at all sectors and companies operating both within and outside Australia. As a result they will not focus on any one thematic issue such as labour rights though relevant cross-sectoral examples will be brought into the discussion.