Pursuing Corporate Sustainability through a human rights framework

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30 November 2017 at 5:30 pm – 30 November 2017 at 7:30 pm
Monash Conference Centre 30 Collins Street Melbourne


A Corporate Law, Organisation and Litigation (CLOL) Research Group Seminar

The concept of corporate sustainability is widely used to address concerns about the narrow time horizon in which corporate interests are framed and value assessed. But there is a further dimension of risk to economic value—the threat of reputational and other loss flowing from failure to respect social expectations and norms with respect to responsible business conduct.

This presentation explores whether the challenge of corporate social and environmental sustainability might be effectively addressed through an approach based upon the application of international human rights principles to business activity. In recent years the United Nations has developed a framework for applying a system of human rights protection, initially directed to state conduct, to the operations and relationships of business enterprises, protecting against threats to social and environmental sustainability and thereby advancing economic sustainability.

The presentation examines whether the United Nations Protect, Respect, Remedy framework for business and human rights provides a comprehensive tool to implement corporate sustainability objectives.

Presenter: Professor Paul Redmond AM

Professor Paul Redmond

Inaugural Sir Gerard Brennan Professor at University of Technology Sydney Law
Emeritus Professor and former Dean, University of NSW Faculty of Law

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