Human Rights Commission announces Business Award finalists

16-Nov-2016 3:34 PM

Five finalists have been announced in the business category of the 2016 Australian Human Rights Awards, to be presented in Sydney on 9 December.

The Business Award acknowledges a corporation that has made a practical and/or policy commitment to promoting and advancing human rights in Australia.

The finalists are Collin Biggers Paisley, Etiko, Crown Resorts, Foxtel and a collaboration between Lendlease, Westpac and Australian Network on Disability.

Collin Biggers Paisley invests significantly in pro bono work and across the community sector. It provides critically needed legal assistance and resources to grass-roots and community-based organisations that cover a number of disadvantaged population groups.

The law firm’s pro bono program is not viewed as an operational ‘add on’ but a key performance indicator for all staff. This ensures the program’s sustainability.

Etiko is a small business that has focussed on supply chain ethics by developing an accredited and scalable ethical supply chain model. It has received an A+ rating for ethical production in fashion brands. Etiko is the first non-food brand to receive fairtrade certification in the Pacific region.

Etiko’s success in promoting supply chain ethics to the broader community displays great leadership and resource commitment from a small business. It also demonstrates how doing business ethically in Australia can have significant positive human rights impacts at home and abroad.

Crown Resorts is a significant and meaningful employer of people with disability, working with disability employment service providers to actively place candidates with disability into new roles.

Crown Resorts initiated the first meeting of a Hospitality Disability Business Network in Perth with the broader structural aim of improving the employment of people with disability within the sector.

Foxtel was selected as a Business Award finalist for its Street TV program which has run for 14 years in partnership with the Salvation Army Oasis Youth Support Network.

Foxtel staff have contributed many volunteer hours to train and mentor young people who have experienced trauma. This program aims to build self-esteem, restore dignity and assist young people to find their voice through the production and creation of short films which are subsequently screened on Foxtel.

The Lendlease, Westpac and Australian Network on Disability collaboration led to the ‘Design for Dignity’ guidelines, implemented at Barangaroo Tower Two. The guidelines integrate access considerations into the building design phase, rather than have these considered as an afterthought.

The guidelines offer an inclusive view of how people of all abilities access and engage with a building. They outline a process of consultation with the disability sector and offer an important opportunity to embed structural change across the property industry.

The sponsor of the Human Rights Business Award is Audrey Page & Associates.

Join us on 9 December at the Westin Hotel in Sydney for the annual Human Rights Awards presentation.

Media contact: Dominic O'Grady, Australian Human Rights Commission: 0419 258 597

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