Communication on Engagement
The Law Council is pleased to present this Communication on Engagement (CoE), consistent with its obligations as a non-business participant in the UN Global Compact. This CoE details work the Law Council has been doing since its last CoE in March 2021 that is relevant to the Global Compact’s Ten Principles. This CoE has been drafted in accordance with the Global Compact’s CoE policy1 and list of suggested activities.2
Key practical actions that the Law Council has taken to support the Global Compact Principles in this past reporting period (March 2021 – March 2023), grouped by Principle(s), include:
- Principles 1 and 2 — Businesses support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights, and make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses
- Substantial advocacy on multiple human rights issues involving enterprise, including (most relevantly) modern slavery, the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights (UNGPs) and climate change.
- Substantial submissions to the Australian Government and/or Parliament on:
- privacy reforms, including to extend the protection of Australia’s federal privacy regime to those dealing with small to medium enterprises;
- protecting Indigenous cultural heritage, which is a particular issue in respect of extractive industries in Australia, as well as Indigenous knowledge/intellectual propertyl; and
- regulation of businesses operating aged care facilities in Australia.
Further details of these submissions are in Appendix A.
1 Global Compact COE Policy: <https://unglobalcompact.org/library/1861>.
2 Global Compact, Suggested Activities to Report for COEs: <https://unglobalcompact.org/library/2951>.