Human Rights

#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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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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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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Playing Our Part: a workplace response to Domestic and Family Violence

Why is domestic and family violence an issue that workplaces should respond to?

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Parental Leave: it’s all about equality for both men and women

Today, KPMG Australia was awarded an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), which recognises employer commitment and best practice in promoting…

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