Monash Progress Report 2021 – Goal 8
Monash University Progress Report 2021 on the Sustainable Development Goals
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
Trafficking and Slavery Research Group View
The Trafficking and Slavery Research Group at Monash is working for change for a future free of exploitation. As leading researchers and practitioners, the group is building the evidence base for policy, criminal justice and corporate responses to modern slavery. Through strong relational partnerships and bringing together the different perspectives of criminology, law, social work and operations and supply chain management disciplines the centre is working towards real and sustained impact in reducing exploitation. Research projects during 2020-21 included Strengthening corporate responses to modern slavery, Measuring the effectiveness of the Modern Slavery Act, and the co-development of the Realising Women’s Safe and Fair Migration Across ASEAN Program.
Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre View
The Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre (MMIC) is an interdisciplinary research unit that takes an evidence-based and interdisciplinary approach to understand how migration – both regular and irregular – shapes social, economic and community relationships in Australia and abroad. The migration, borders and policy observatory is a key platform of MMIC, focussed specifically on the intersection of border control and immigration law, regulations and policy with border crossing experiences and patterns. Their includes human trafficking and modern slavery, migrant worker exploitation and abuse including unlawful migrant workers and deportation and offshore detention policy transfer.
Modern slavery View
The Monash Centre for Financial Studies is investigating disclosure quality of modern slavery statements of large organisations, and has just released research findings, alongside key recommendations for companies, regulators and investors. Monash Professor of International Law, Jean Allain, continued to address the issue of forced labour through 2020-21, with two peer-reviewed publications on confronting the business models of modern slavery, and tracking implementation gaps in international anti-slavery commitments.
Sustainability transformation pathways for small View
The Sustainability transformation pathways for small to medium enterprises project, launched in 2021, examines how small to medium enterprises’ (SMEs) capacity for experimentation and innovation enables their adoption of sustainable business models to drive sustainable transformations. The research outcomes are critical for understanding and supporting innovative strategies for organising and governing SMEs’ pathways to a sustainable society. The knowledge developed will support business sustainability transformations in Australia and internationally.
2021 Publications Performance View
Mean Field Weighted Citation Impact of Monash Outputs: 1.87
Number of Monash Research Outputs: 179
Unit statistics and highlights View
In 2021, 104 units directly related to SDG8 were offered across Monash University, with a total enrolment of 8,028 students.
The units highlighted below are a small sample of the units at Monash relating to decent work and economic growth:
Master of International Sustainable Tourism Management View
The Master of International Sustainable Tourism Management looks at the driving forces behind the global tourism economy and how tourism can be compatible with the development of sustainable organisations, urban and rural development/regeneration, natural resource management, as well as the diversifying benefits from international and domestic tourism. It facilitates the development of skills and techniques to develop tourism policies and practices in a global setting and to manage tourism development and enterprises in the direction of more sustainable practice.
BTF5001 - Business Regulation and Compliance View
The Business Regulation and Compliance unit introduces students to various regulatory concepts and theories and examines standard setting and enforcement mechanisms aimed at ensuring business compliance with those standards. These include legal standards, but also ‘softer’ standards and expectations with respect to responsible and sustainable business conduct. We look at traditional forms of state-based regulation and the roles of public regulators alongside the roles and regulatory capacities of other actors including NGOs and lead firms. Students are encouraged to consider the most effective ways of ensuring that business meets legally-prescribed standards and stakeholder expectations, including standards on environmental protection and labour and human rights.
Retirement Confidence Index (RCI) & Dashboard View
In response to Australia’s ageing population, Monash University's BehaviourWorks Australia has been working with AustralianSuper for the last four years to investigate the factors that make for a ‘good retirement’. The AustralianSuper Monash University Retirement Confidence Index (AMRCI) was established to track changes in Australian's retirement confidence from year to year.
The AMRCI considers financial preparedness and an individual’s ability to afford living expenses, as well as the health, social and planning aspects of retirement. In other words, AMRCI shows that retirement confidence is not only related to having money in the bank but about how people think and feel about finishing up their working lives. A dynamic online tool has also been developed for AustralianSuper members to interactively explore how confident they currently feel about retirement, and determine what’s really involved in shaping a ‘good retirement’.
Australian Industry Energy Transitions Initiative View
Launched in 2020, the Australian Industry Energy Transitions Initiative brings together leaders from industry and business to coordinate learning and action on net zero emissions supply chains. Convened by Climateworks Centre and Climate-KIC Australia, the program works with partners from ‘hard-to-abate’ sectors, such as steel, aluminimum and chemicals manufacturing, to develop net zero action pathways. In 2021, the program released its Phase 1 Highlights Report: Setting up industry for net zero.
International Consortium for Research on Employment and Work (iCREW) View
The International Consortium for Research on Employment and Work (iCREW) builds on a long tradition of excellence in the fields of industrial/employment relations, work, human resources, technological change, labour economics and labour law research at Monash University, with the aim of contributing to enhanced organisational performance, improved wellbeing for working people, managers and other organisational stakeholders, and the improvement of public policy. It focuses projects in the private, not-for-profit and public sectors, especially with a view to producing high-quality publications that have engagement and impact. Its projects typically are in collaboration with governments, employers, unions and wider communities.
Mercer CFA Institute Global Pension Index Project View
Monash Centre for Financial Studies is collaborating with Mercer and the CFA Institute in the new Mercer CFA Institute Global Pension Index (MCGPI) project. This is a three-year partnership, starting in 2020. The Index evaluates retirement systems across the globe against more than 40 indicators, and produces sub-indices of adequacy, sustainability and integrity. Its 2021 annual report also highlights the shortcomings of each pension system and provide recommendations for improvement.
Tonga long-term low emissions development strategy View
In partnership with Global Green Growth Institute and Relative Creative, Monash's Climateworks Centre provided technical assistance and support to the Government of Tonga to develop Tonga's long-term low emissions development strategy and Enhanced Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), in fulfilment of Paris Agreement expectations. The final Tonga Low Emission Development Strategy 2021 – 2050 was submitted to the UNFramework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat during COP26 in November 2021.
Pay equity View
We are committed to closing the University’s organisation-wide gender pay gap. Our Vice-Chancellor is a Pay Equity Ambassador and a visible champion of pay equity and gender equality. Our pay equity target: To halve our organisation-wide gender pay gap by 2022. See a summary of our targets and progress in our ESG Report.
Modern slavery View
Monash University supports universal human rights and stands strongly against all forms of modern slavery and we are committed to actively seek out and address any potential instances of modern slavery within our global operations and supply chain. Through the 2020 Modern Slavery Act Report, our first report under the Modern Slavery Act 2018, we demonstrate how Monash is working to identify the risks of modern slavery in our operations and supply chain, and the actions we have taken to address those risks. This is part of our five-year continuous improvement program to systematically address modern slavery within our operations and supply chain.
Equal opportunity View
Monash is committed to promoting equal opportunity in employment, education and service delivery in accordance with universal principles of equity, fairness and social justice and in compliance with anti-discrimination laws. We recognise that honesty, fairness and mutual respect and the responsible exercise of power are fundamental to achieving equity for all. We seek to provide an inclusive and flexible environment for staff and students by identifying and removing any remaining systemic barriers to equitable access and participation
Employment security View
In 2021, the median length of service of Monash staff was 4.9 years. The challenges brought by COVID-19 resulted in the rethinking and recasting of staffing and sustainability initiatives in order to maintain an engaged, effective and talented workforce and leadership. The University extended the hybrid working settings established in 2020 following feedback from staff and managers via surveys and focus groups. Essential workers were supported to ensure the delivery of critical research and education activities, and the many government-issued health directives were adhered to throughout the year.