Dr Jonathan Kolieb
Peace and Conflict Lead
Business and Human Rights Centre, RMIT University
Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact Network Australia
Legal Director, Human Rights Law Centre
Associate Professor Shelley Marshall
Director, RMIT Business and Human Rights Centre
Head of Business & Human Rights, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
From the 1984 Bhopal Union Carbide chemical leak that killed thousands, to Rio Tinto’s 2020 destruction of Juukan Gorge, major abuses of human rights in the past few decades have prompted renewed attention and regulation of companies’ viz-a-vis human rights – the basic freedoms and protections that belong to all of us.
Should a company respect human rights? What should the consequences be if a company fails to uphold the human rights of their employees or the communities in which they operate?
This panel will explore the roles and responsibilities of business in the realisation of human rights, and how companies are being held accountable (or not) for their human rights record. Importantly, this session will also include discussion on what we can do to encourage greater corporate respect for human rights.