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Workshop 05 business and human rights

Why is the protection of human rights relevant to business and not simply the responsibility of governments alone?

This interactive workshop provided a basic introduction to human rights, international law, the United Nations system, relevant codes and examples of industry specific initiatives relating to human rights. Further, the workshop provided relevant examples of business initiatives promoting human rights and discussed the challenges, lessons learned and some of the results achieved.

One of the foremost authorities on human rights, Prof. Brian Burdekin AO, was one of the main speakers. He was joined by panelists from leading corporations, government and civil society.

Numbers were limited to a maximum of 30 participants to ensure each participant had adequate time to interact with speakers and other participants. In addition, participants received a workbook and compilation of relevant materials on a CD Rom for reference.

This workshop was held on 11 December 2009 in Sydney, NSW.


Past participants of the business and human rights workshops include:

Adidem Group | African Institute of Corporate Citizenship | AGL | Allens Arthur Robinson |Amnesty International | ANZ Bank | ASX | BHP Billiton | Boeing Australia Holdings Pty Ltd |Bona Lex LLC Law Firm | Boral Limited | Business for Millennium Development | Clayton Utz | Coles Ltd | Footsteps Enterprises | Futureye | GlaxoSmithKline Australia |Greening Australia NSW | Kenna Teasdale Lawyers | Moira Rayner & Associates | Nat Assoc for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect | Office of Child Safety Commissioner Victoria | Our Community | Oxfam Australia | Pro Bono | Sanofi-aventis | TNT Australia |Transurban Group | Uniting Church Australia | UNSW Law Faculty | UNIFEM Australia |Xstrata Coal


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