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Lawyers acting in companies' best interests should protect human rights, says President of Australian Human Rights Commission

Author: Felicity Nelson, Lawyers Weekly (Australia), Published on: 13 March 2015

“The business case for human rights,” 11 Mar 2015

Professor…Triggs has said that in-house counsel can protect business interests by promoting human rights within their organisations. “A diverse and inclusive culture is both best practice and advantageous in a global, competitive market,” [she] said…Professor Triggs said the AHRC [Australian Human Rights Commission] works with in-house counsel on a daily basis to resolve individual complaints from employees...[which] put[s] in-house counsel in a good position to advise their organisations or government departments about how to avoid these situations in the future…Professor Triggs said…that bigger companies are less likely to have human rights problems because they employ legal staff that are on top of the law and understand the ethics…

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