Benchmark report examines human rights performance of Australian listed companies ahead of annual general meeting season

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Report
9 October 2017

Report: Human rights and Australian listed companies

Author: Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility

October 2017

Together with the Centre for Australian Ethical Research, Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility has produced a benchmark report examining the performance of Australian listed companies with regards to how they manage human rights risks.

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9 October 2017

Unions and super funds up ante on human rights abuses

Author: Adele Ferguson, Sydney Morning Herald

7 October 2017

A report into human rights risks in the operations and supply chains of 23 listed companies in the extractives, agricultural and medical equipment sectors rates BHP Billiton as the highest scoring company in Australia and globally, with agriculture performing poorly...

The report, released by the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR), was timed to coincide with annual general meetings season at a time when human rights issues are a hot topic politically and among investors.

It is part of a bigger picture of shareholder activism sweeping the market that will ramp up this AGM season as retail and super funds increasingly use their muscle to pressure companies to be more ethical...

[also refers to Rio Tinto, Newcrest, Wesfarmers, Woolworths and Graincorp]

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