Business and human rights

Communiqué

Multi Stakeholder Advisory Group on Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

2 May 2017

Statement

The Multi Stakeholder Advisory Group on Implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) (the Advisory Group) met for the first time today.

The establishment of the Advisory Group was part of the Australian Government’s voluntary commitment to undertake a national consultation on the further implementation of the UNGPs. The Advisory Group will advise Government how Australian business can embed human rights considerations into their core practices.

The focus of the meeting was to agree modalities for the Advisory Group that will consider and make recommendations on ways to further implement the UNGPs.

The Advisory Group welcomed previous consultations on business and human rights undertaken with civil society and business in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth in 2016, in partnership with the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Global Compact Network Australia. The Advisory Group’s work will build on these discussions.

At the meeting, the Advisory Group discussed a stocktake of existing Australian laws and policies and business practices relevant to the UNGPs, and deliberated on priority areas for consideration.