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Business and human rights training a hit in Sydney and Melbourne

1 June 2018

The Law Council of Australia has rolled out the International Bar Association’s Business and Human Rights training in Sydney and Melbourne. The training sessions occurred at a particularly relevant time as the Australian Government is set to introduce a Modern Slavery Act into Parliament later in June.

More than 65 people attended the sessions, which were an international first, focused on preparing members of the legal profession in Australia to advise clients on business and human rights issues at home and abroad. The Sydney session, hosted at Norton Rose Fulbright by Justine Nolan, Associate Professor from the Faculty of Law at UNSW, was opened by Andrew Finch, General Counsel of QANTAS, who spoke to participants about the value of business and human rights to QANTAS.

The Melbourne session, held at the Victorian Bar Association, was hosted by Jo Ford, Associate Professor at the ANU. The session was opened by Suzie Brett, People and Legal Director for Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia. Suzie spoke about the importance of ‘doing the right thing’ at Konica Minolta and the ethical sourcing provisions Konica Minolta inserts into their contracts, as well as the resources they share with other businesses to promote human rights in business.

The International Bar Association plans to roll out the training internationally in the coming months.

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