01 August 2012
UNAA Business and Human Rights Workshops
The UNAA Business and Human Rights Workshops Series, supported by Allens, seek to increase understanding of human rights and how they relate to business, enhance awareness of critical human rights challenges facing Australian companies in a global market; and foster a corporate culture of respect for human rights. The workshops are facilitated by Vanessa Zimmerman, Former Legal Advisor to the UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights and Business and Human Rights Expert.
REGISTER ONLINE NOW. Registration deadline: 5pm, Friday 27 July.
Places are strictly limited, please book early to avoid disappointment.
- Vanessa Zimmerman, Business and human rights expert and former Legal Advisor to the United Nations Special Representative on Business and Human Rights.
- Dr Alexandra Guaqueta, Member of UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights and World Economic Forum, Global Council on Human Rights, and former Head of Social Standards and International Engagement, Cerrejón Coal.
- Serena Lillywhite, Mining Advocacy Lead, Oxfam Australia
- Rachel Nicolson, Senior Associate, Corporate Responsibility Group, Allens
- Tracey Raymond, Director, Investigation and Conciliation Service, Australian Human Rights Commission
Time: 8.30am registration, 9am to 1pm
Date: Wednesday 1 August
Venue: Hosted by Allens, Level 37, 101 Collins St, Melbourne
REGISTER ONLINE NOW. Registration Deadline: 5pm, Friday 27 July.
This workshop focuses on the essential strategies and tools needed to address your organisation’s adverse human rights impacts and manage your human rights related complaints, disputes and grievances. This workshop will address how to effectively manage the human rights impacts of your business activities, products, services, and relationships. It will also outline what key steps can be taken to implement operational-level grievance mechanisms to respond to any stakeholders (i.e. employees, consumers and local communities) who may be adversely affected by your business activities or those of your business partners, suppliers, etc.
The workshops will build capacity to manage any adverse human rights impacts of your organisation, and who to engage in the process. The workshops will outline available tools and guidance material on managing your human rights related complaints, disputes and grievances as well as legitimate processes for remediation of your adverse human rights impacts.
This training program is designed for business, government, investor and NGO professionals responsible or accountable for corporate governance, CSR and human rights as well as those working in corporate strategy/affairs, human resources, supply chain management, sustainability/environment, ethical investment, legal, compliance and risk management, and community engagement.
The Workshops are a unique opportunity to learn:
• How human rights are relevant for business
• How human rights considerations can be integrated into everyday business practice
• What practical tools are available to help you operationalise human rights in your organisation
The Australian Government supported the unanimous endorsement of the United Nations Guiding Principles in June 2011. The Guiding Principles are a global reference point for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse impacts on human rights linked to business. They are relevant to Australian businesses whether doing business at home or abroad.
This is an essential program for corporate responsibility and sustainability managers, investors, risk and compliance managers, and corporate lawyers on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles - the global standard of practice on business and human rights.
The workshops will build capacity to monitor and manage corporate human rights impacts and risks, and provide practical guidance on how to integrate human rights considerations into everyday business practices.
The five workshops invite professionals from diverse backgrounds wanting to learn more about business and human rights and how to apply the UN Guiding Principles in practice.
In particular, the workshops aim to cover:
- the foundations of human rights and their relevance to business;
- awareness of corporate human rights risks, impacts and opportunities;
- knowledge of human rights norms and standards relating to business, including the UN Guiding Principles;
- the business and legal cases for respecting human rights;
- an overview of the benefits of a human rights approach to risk management and corporate responsibility;
- the essentials of corporate human rights policy development and due diligence; and
- an understanding of the challenges of impacting negatively on human rights through business relationships, such as supply chain management.
For more information please contact UNAA Victoria:
Email: email@example.com or Ph: (03) 9670 7878