Member Forum: Netbalance - Human Rights Masterclass
25 October 2011
Net Balance is delighted to be co-hosting a Master Class on human rights and business with Luke Wilde, founder of TwentyFifty Ltd (UK) and one of the world's pre-eminent experts on business and human rights.
The human rights master class is a one-day event that will provide an introduction to the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights and practical guidance on the steps required to fulfil these new expectations in your business. The master class will answer the following questions:
• what are the expectations of business in regard to human rights?
• how are Australian companies managing human rights?
• what benefits can human rights management bring to
businesses in different industries?
• how to put in place due diligence practices to demonstrate
respect for human rights?
• what human rights management and reporting systems are
Human rights in business is under the spotlight following the June 2011 endorsement by the UN Human Rights Council of the "Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations 'Protect, Respect and Remedy' Framework" developed over the last six years by UN Special Representative, Professor John Ruggie of Harvard University.
For the first time there is now an internationally accepted framework that sets out the expectations of businesses to respect human rights and the basis for demonstrating how this can be achieved in the workplace, in supply chains, business relationships and in the community. Businesses can now also expect greater scrutiny of their performance against this framework by government, NGOs, staff and investors.
The master class will also provide an overview of recent research conducted by the Net Balance Foundation, in association with ACCA and CAER, on Human Rights Risk in the ASX 100. The research shows that although a large number of companies have exposure to human rights risk, few are adequately disclosing their management of it. The master class will assist organisations to address this gap.
Please note there is a cost for attending this Masterclass.
For more information or to register for the course contact Amanda O'Sullivan at:
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