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Australia: Business and Human Rights and the Australian Legal Profession

Author: Law Council of Australia, Published on: 31 December 2015

This...paper summarises the development of the Guiding Principles as well as international and national efforts to implement the Guiding Principles across business sectors, including the legal profession...The...paper describes the particular [compliance] benefits for [Australian businesses], lawyers and law firms, including providing a framework to conduct effective due diligence and as a mechanism to promote and preserve corporate reputation and to attract and retain talented staff...As the paper identifies, hard questions persist in relation to how to implement the Guiding Principles but many industry sectors and individual businesses are successfully navigating these issues in a way that is promoting business growth and innovation as well as delivering human rights outcomes...

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