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Australian Corporate Accountability Network Launch

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Storey Hall, RMIT University

336–348 Swanston Street

Conference rooms 1 & 2 (Green Brain)

Melbourne, VIC 3000

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From financing land grabs to profiting from forced labour, recent years have seen Australian companies implicated in a wide range of human rights scandals at home and abroad.

How can Australian business be made more accountable to citizens, communities, workers and the environment? Where are our governance gaps and how can we build consensus around a national business and human rights agenda?

Join us for the exciting launch of the Australian Corporate Accountability Network (ACAN) featuring the following keynote speakers:

Serena Lillywhite

CEO Transparency International Australia

Serena is one of Australia's most respected leaders in corporate accountability. She has over twenty years’ experience in ensuring responsible business conduct in areas ranging from tax and corruption to labour rights and natural resource management. Prior to taking on her current role at Transparency International, she led Oxfam Australia’s mining program and held senior positions with the Cooperation Committee for Cambodia and at the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Michele O’Neil

State Secretary, Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia and Executive Member of the Global Union Federation IndustriALL

Around twenty years before the international union movement began to develop strategies for protecting vulnerable workers in global supply chains, Michele led her union in demanding ethical and legal accountability from lead Australian garment businesses for the conditions of migrant homeworkers supplying their factories. Together with the Fairwear campaign, she secured Australian legislation to prevent the exploitation of homeworkers which has acted as a global model for the regulation of work in supply chains.

Dr Catherine Coumans

Research Co-ordinator and Asia-Pacific Program Co-ordinator, Mining Watch Canada

Catherine’s engagement with human rights and environmental impacts from mining started with her Ph.D. research on the Philippine island of Marinduque (1988-1990). She has continued this work at MiningWatch Canada over the past 18 years with a focus on corporate accountability and field work in Asia-Pacific. Catherine is a founder and has served on the Steering Committee of the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability since 2006. Her publications on corporate accountability in mining appear in, among others, Canadian Journal of Development Studies. 2017; UBC Law Review. 2012; Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment. 2012 ; Current Anthropology. 2011.


ACAN is a forum for civil society organisations, individuals and academics to collaborate and share ideas about how to promote respect for human rights by Australian businesses. Vist www.corporateaccountabilitynetwork.net to find out more.

Drinks and canapes wil be served at 5.30pm, with the panel event beginning at around 6.10pm.

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