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The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is at a critical point in its development. Our digital platform is home to a wealth of information on business and human rights, but hasn’t had a visual refresh for a number of years.

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Coles Group

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Coles Group was an Australian public company that operated numerous retail chains.  


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22 July 2020

Coronavirus clusters: why meatworks are at the frontline of Australia's 'second wave'

Author: The Guardian

Three new Covid-19 clusters have emerged in Brooklyn, Tottenham and Colac in Victoria... As Victoria enters a “second wave” of Covid-19 infections, Australian meat processors have found themselves at the frontline of exposure and infection, with...

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20 May 2020

Australia: Coles workers launch class action claiming underpayment of over $150 million

Author: Anna Patty & Dominic Powell, The Sydney Morning Herald

"Coles workers claim they were underpaid $150 million in new class action", 15 May 2020...

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25 April 2020

Australia: Coles supermarket workers worried about switch to non-alcohol hand sanitiser amid COVID-19

Author: Elias Clure, ABC

"Coles supermarket workers worried about switch to non-alcohol hand sanitiser amid coronavirus pandemic", 19 April 2020...

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17 February 2020

Australia: Coles store managers underpaid $20 million over six years

Author: Dominic Powell & Anna Patty, The Age

"Government warns companies to 'get house in order' after Coles workers underpaid", 18 February 2020...

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12 November 2019

Australia: Coles' union alliance to address worker exploitation & safety met with criticism; Includes company comments

In July 2019, Coles formed an alliance with the Transport Workers' Union, the Australian Workers' Union and the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association, to address worker exploitation and risks to safety in their fresh food supply chain. I...

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5 November 2019

Australia: Coles & trade unions develop Accord to protect rights of workers within fresh produce supply chain

Author: Ruth Hogan, Inside FMCG

"Coles partners with workers’ unions to improve supply chain standards", 5 November 2019...

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Company response
22 September 2019

Cole's response

Author: Coles


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18 September 2019

Australia: Academics press Coles & Woolworths to address labour exploitation and the risk of modern slavery

An open letter to Coles and Woolworths about modern slavery risks initiated by Martijn Boersma, Justine Nolan, and Laurie Berg of the University of Technology Sydney and the University of New South Wales has called the supermarkets to:...

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11 September 2019

Australia: Shareholders urge Coles to change its policies covering potential modern slavery in its supply chains

Author: Dominic Powell, The Sydney Morning Herald

"Coles under pressure over potential worker exploitation in supply chains", 11 September 2019...

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22 July 2019

Australia: Coles aligns with alliance of unions to address worker exploitation in fresh food supply chain

Author: Ashley Walmsley, Queensland Country Life

"Coles aligns with unions for safer workers", 21 July 2019...

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