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Protection of cultural heritage and FPIC
Insight 11 Nov 2021

As part of the increasing focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) in Australia and overseas, there is a spotlight on the principle of 'free, prior and informed consent' (FPIC) in the context of Indigenous engagement and protection of cultural heritage. ...

The ESG remedy ecosystem – working backwards from an OECD National Contact Point complaint
Insight 16 Aug 2021

A global increase in complaints under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD Guidelines) to state-based National Contact Points (NCPs) shows that the OECD Guidelines are an established part of the toolkit for NGOs and civil society groups seeking to influence corporate behaviour and ...

Recent developments set to shake up modern slavery landscape for Australian businesses
Insight 06 Jul 2021

Recent developments in relation to potential Australian modern slavery reform, US forced labour litigation and German human rights due diligence legislation may have an impact on Australian businesses. ...

Commitment made, now to implement: embedding ESG best practice
Insight 10 Jun 2021

In terms of achieving the potential to use international law frameworks as a tool to set company policy on ESG issues, we discuss recommendations for using these frameworks to audit the commitments the company makes. ...

Elevating ESG: how to establish and embed leading practices
Insight 10 Jun 2021

It is essential to prioritise ESG. A confluence of factors are accelerating the importance of ESG and these have material impacts for organisations operating in Australia. This insight will assist boards, senior executives, in-house counsel, sustainability teams, and risk and compliance leaders to act as strategic partners to the business as it shapes its ESG agenda. ...

Navigating the energy transition
Insight 09 Jun 2021

Australia is rapidly transitioning away from a centralised, coal-based energy system to one that is more decentralised and focused on renewable energy. This transition is being accompanied by increasing scrutiny of the human rights performance of renewables projects, including new benchmarking and a greater number of complaints. It is critical to know what practical steps to take towards implementing and embedding a strong approach to human rights compliance. ...

Five critical trends shaping the business and human rights landscape in 2021
Insight 10 Feb 2021

Ensuring respect for human rights presents a growing challenge for businesses in light of evolving laws and standards, together with increasing public scrutiny and stakeholder expectations. This Insight provides an update on five emerging trends for 2021. ...

Australia moves one step closer to adopting a worldwide human rights sanction regime
Insight 15 Dec 2020

Australian Government enact legislation to establish a worldwide human rights sanctions regime. We report on why the Committee's recommendations have implications for your business's approach to sanctions risk management, as well as for Australia's broader sanctions framework. ...

The ALRC recommendations on criminal responsibility and transnational offending – a sign of things to come?
Insight 30 Sep 2020

The ALRC Report contains a comprehensive review of federal criminal laws and how they apply to companies. It also indicates that federal criminal law may have a role to play in the regulation of human rights impacts arising in the context of international operations of Australian corporations. ...

Tracking the modern slavery landscape: recent developments
Insight 23 Sep 2020

An update on developments in the modern slavery compliance space, with a focus on emerging trends in activism, legislative reform and litigation, and the impacts of COVID-19. ...

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