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The growing importance of ESG due diligence
Insight 16 Nov 2021

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are a major focus of many companies, their stakeholders and regulators. Companies are exploring how to embrace the opportunities that may arise from a well-executed ESG strategy and navigate the risks that ESG issues present, particularly in a period of evolving laws and standards, stakeholder expectations and shareholder activism. ...

Privacy Act reforms: a new Online Privacy Code
Insight 08 Nov 2021

In late October, the Attorney-General's Department released a long-awaited Exposure Draft of the Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enhancing Online Privacy and Other Measures) Bill (Online Privacy Bill) to amend the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act). ...

Captive to no one: Australian Government releases its Ransomware Action Plan
Insight 18 Oct 2021

The Department for Home Affairs has released the Australian Government's Ransomware Action Plan (the Plan). This development forms part of the Government's Cyber Strategy and is the latest in a series of actions taken by the Government to combat the escalating threat of ransomware and extortion. ...

High Court defamation decision means businesses could be responsible for comments posted on their social media pages
Insight 15 Sep 2021

In proceedings relating to alleged defamation of Dylan Voller, the High Court has confirmed that the administrators of public social media pages are 'publishers' of comments posted by third parties and members of the public on their page, for the purposes of defamation law. ...

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 ...

Federal Court decision highlights it's vital to get incentives right and have strong governance systems
Insight 09 Jul 2021

The recent Federal Court decision ACCC v Telstra [2021] FCA 502 highlights an emerging risk area for boards and senior management in the use of incentive-based remuneration and sales targets for consumer-facing businesses ...

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. ...

Simplifying standards: trusted overseas product safety standards to be adopted in Australia
Insight 16 Jun 2021

The Federal Government has announced it will begin consulting on amendments to the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) which would allow businesses to rely on compliance with certain trusted overseas product safety standards (in lieu of the equivalent Australian standard) when supplying products to the Australian market. ...

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. ...

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