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1 Aug 2023

Australia: “Business integration of Human Rights Due Diligence in Australia: Modern Slavery and Beyond”, new report from GCNA

"Business integration of Human Rights Due Diligence in Australia: Modern Slavery and Beyond", August 2023

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This publication seeks to support Australian businesses to align their activities to assess and address adverse human rights impacts with which they may be involved with in line with the UNGPs, with tailored advice for businesses at different stages of implementation.

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The publication is structured into the following three sections:

Part One provides an overview of the evolving global, regional and local business and human rights legislative and policy landscape, as well as an overview of the increasing stakeholder expectations in relation to the corporate responsibility to respect human rights.

Part Two contains observations drawn from a review of public human rights-related disclosures by ASX50 companies and
a series of multi-stakeholder consultations on the integration of respect for human rights into broader business risk management processes. It provides insights into approaches taken by Australian businesses in using human rights due diligence concepts in the UNGPs to integrate respect for human rights into management processes.

Part Three provides a roadmap for Australian businesses to expand their focus beyond modern slavery to also undertake broader human rights due diligence activities. It has been designed to provide actionable guidance for businesses at different stages of implementation of the UNGPs, from those that are beginning to establish their modern slavery risk management processes to those that have a more advanced human rights risk management programme in place.

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