Social Impact

Western Desert Dialysis: saving lives, history, language, culture and the kangaroo tail BBQ

In mid-February of this year I had the privilege of a six week secondment to the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) region of Central Australia. Being a recent immigrant to Australia…

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Mentoring Indigenous kids gives more than just a chance for a better education

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela Sadly, the story of a talented Indigenous kid who has difficulties with their teachers…

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“Ours” not “theirs” is the thinking we need on the journey towards reconciliation

Reconciliation Week begins today. It’s 25 years since the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (CAR) was established and in February this year, Reconciliation Australia issued a significant and important report, The…

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Human rights abuses in a supply chain can bring a company undone

Human rights abuses in a supply chain can bring a company undone. In March 2016, hundreds of professionals working in the rapidly growing ethical sourcing industry came together in London…

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Closing the gap of Indigenous employment one job at a time

My name is Andrew Olsen and I am a proud Dhughetti and Anaiwan man from the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. Today I have been asked to write about…

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Will 2016 be the tipping point for business to act on human rights?

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Australia and Canada: new symbols of change?

Business leaders need to be aware of new momentum in international politics that could make the transition to a low carbon economy unstoppable.

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We need to put ourselves in the CEO shoes

Last week I attended a KPMG-sponsored COP21 event hosted by UNESCO at its stunning 1950s-built Paris HQ. One theme in particular emerged from the panel discussion and got me thinking: the…

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Sea Change needed on Climate Change and Carbon Reporting

“As a firm, KPMG is clear that climate change is happening and that urgent action is needed to tackle it now. The evidence is not in doubt.”

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The mental strain of a physical disability

Last week I spent a day in a wheelchair as part of the Wheelchair Sports WA Corporate Wheelchair Challenge.

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Change the “e” in e-waste to end waste

Imagine we disposed of our electronic waste (e-waste) in any way we deemed fit. Imagine there was no relevant authority to monitor/supervise our city, country, or the whole world’s e-waste…

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Out cold in Sydney

For the last two years I have owned a dog. Not so remarkable – but having a furry companion has changed the way I understand and experience my neighbourhood. Dogs…

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