Human Rights

Risks, rights and responsibilities: new report makes sense of modern slavery

As of 1 January 2019 the clock started for business with directors accountable for annual public modern slavery statements that describe how the business is identifying and managing modern slavery risks

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Seventy years on, human rights matters more than ever to business

Even so, human rights violations continue and we now expect more of business, increasingly calling for greater accountability for non-financial risks.

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Identifying risk is at the heart of the new Australian modern slavery legislation

Thousands of companies in Australia are going to have to consider how they manage the risk of modern slavery in their businesses after Minister Hawke introduced the Modern Slavery Bill 2018 to the floor of the Federal Parliament today.

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Are you ready to go public about modern slavery? Time to get prepared

The introduction of modern slavery regulatory reporting in Australia will help those entities, that have not considered their human rights risks

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Sensemakers, changemakers and storytellers: three critical friends for navigating stakeholder relationships

Anticipating and responding to stakeholder issues in a way that will strengthen your relationships and protect your social licence requires a shift in perspective.

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Human Rights and the financial risk of climate change a low priority for Australia’s top companies.

Corporate responsibility (CR) reporting is now standard for large and mid-cap companies across the world – but Australia’s performance is plateauing, and needs to improve

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How is it that we end up buying stuff made by slaves?

Few of us knowingly buy products or services made by slaves. Yet we do so every day.

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@LordHastings insights on the importance of lifelong learning

KPMG firms around the world have united to work towards a shared goal of “lifelong learning”.

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#humanrightsday governments, business & individuals must collaborate to stop exploitation

There is no doubt in my mind that business approaches to human rights are maturing rapidly. Only a few years ago, many of my conversations with companies were focused on…

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Garma Festival: still much to be achieved in empowering Indigenous Australians

There’s nothing quite like flying into Gove Airport at Nhulunbuy in East Arnhem Land, a remote and fascinating part of the Northern Territory, and the location for the Garma Festival.…

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No social license to operate? Beware, it may scuttle your project

Infrastructure participants have been talking about the concept of social license for some time. Initially created by the mining sector in an attempt to come to terms with the growing…

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I’m sorry: sincere apologies are for those that make them, not just to whom they are made

Around this time each year, I am always reminded that there are still people who don’t ‘get it’. Working on KPMG’s Reconciliation Action Plan means that generally the people I…

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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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