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

Communiqué, 2 May 2017

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.

Communiqué, 15 June 2017

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 second time today.

The focus of the meeting was to discuss possible actions that could be taken by government and business to implement the UNGPs. This included an update by Advisory Group members on initial advice developed since the last meeting on four overarching areas of policy: the state-business nexus; business relationships; corporate law and practice; and, remedy.

At the meeting, the Advisory Group agreed that members would further explore a number of possible actions that could be undertaken to progress each of the four priority areas, for consideration at its next meeting.

Communiqué, 27 July 2017

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 third time today.

At the meeting, the Advisory Group members updated each other on work done intersessionally on possible actions that could be undertaken to progress the UNGPs.

At the meeting, the Advisory Group worked to prioritise issues and possible actions into clusters under each of the three pillars under the UNGPs: the state duty to protect human rights; the business responsibility to respect human rights; and access to effective remedy.

In recognition that changing behaviour in the area of business and human rights is an iterative process, the Advisory Group recommended both ‘easy wins’ and ‘first steps’, as well as actions that could be undertaken over the longer term. The Advisory Group recognised that further consultation would be necessary.

Advisory Group Report on prioritisation of issues and actions to implement the Guiding Principles in Australia

In August 2017, the Advisory Group finalised a report providing advice on the prioritisation of issues and actions to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in Australia.

Last Updated: 30 May 2017