Human Rights Translated 2.0

Launch of Human Rights Translated 2.0: A Business Reference Guide

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The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and the Global Compact Network Australia invite you to the launch of Human Rights Translated 2.0: A Business Reference Guide.

6.00pm for 6.30pm
Tuesday 20 June 2017
Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
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Produced by the Castan Centre in collaboration with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Global Compact, this publication explains human rights in a way that makes sense to business. The publication uses case studies to illustrate how human rights are relevant in a corporate context and how human rights issues can be managed.

The first edition, released in 2008, was praised around the world for the simple way that it presented human rights in a business-relevant manner, providing a key tool for businesses seeking greater knowledge of their human rights responsibilities.

The event will launch the publication and provide an opportunity to explore the evolving business and human rights space with an expert multi-stakeholder panel.


Sarah Joseph

Professor Sarah Joseph, Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University

Sarah has a long record of research on business and human rights, including the publication of a seminal article on the issue in 1999 in the Netherlands International Law Review, a monograph on transnational human rights litigation against companies from 2004, and co-authorship of the first edition of Human Rights Translated in 2008. She also published a monograph in the World Trade Organisation and human rights in 2011.


Ben Walker , Head of Sustainable Development, ANZ
Ben is responsible for developing, delivering and implementing a Group- wide Sustainable Development strategy, including identifying and driving customer opportunities. The role also leads Group-wide activities regarding:

-  Issues and reputational risk management coordination (tracking, risk radar and register)
-  Social and environmental risks and opportunities advisory and training
-  Social and environmental issues research
-  Sensitive sector' policies and human rights standards, and
-  Social and environmental NGO liaison and campaign management

Ben is an experienced manager of reputational risk, employee relations and governance issues, with 20 years' experience in the banking, education and legal industries at organisations with operations in Australia, Asia and the Pacific.

Vanessa Zimmerman
Vanessa Zimmerman, Chair, Global Compact Network Australia  Human Rights Leadership Group

Vanessa  is a Board Member and Chair of the Human Rights Leadership Group for the Global Compact Network Australia. She is a recognized global and domestic corporate sustainability expert with a focus on business and human rights, including advising major Australian businesses, the Government and international business and human rights initiatives. Vanessa worked as a Legal Advisor to the UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, Harvard Professor John Ruggie, including being part of the core drafting team for the internationally recognized UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Vanessa is currently Group Human Rights Advisor at Rio Tinto. She is a member of the Australian Government’s Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group on Business and Human Rights as well as holding other advisory roles including with the International Bar Association’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, the Law Council of Australia’s Business and Human Rights Committee and the Castan Centre for Human Rights’ advisory board.
Rachel Ball
Rachel Ball, Head of Public Policy and Advocacy at Oxfam Australia
At Oxfam, Rachel leads a team working across a range of human rights issues, including mining, labour rights, climate change, land rights and tax. She also sits on the Australian Government's newly established Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group on the Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Prior to joining Oxfam Australia, Rachel was the Director of Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre and a member of the team behind the No Business in Abuse campaign targeting corporate complicity in abuses in immigration detention.

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