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Australian School of Business Invitation Thursday 23 May 2013

JOIN US FOR A CONSULTATION WORKSHOP ON UN GLOBAL COMPACT’S EXPOSURE DRAFT OF UNDRIP BUSINESS GUIDE

I’m 22 and dream of a day where Aboriginal people in Australia are financially strong and independent; when Aboriginal people are empowered business people, and recognised as valuable contributors to the Australian economy.” Sarah Hyland, Final year Indigenous B.Com student Australian School of Business (ASB), Nura Gili, UNSW

The Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales, together with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and the UNGC Network Australia, invites you to a consultation workshop to engage in dialogue around and provide your input into the UNGC’s Exposure Draft of the Business Reference Guide to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

Date: Thursday, 23 May 2013 Time: 5pm-7pm Venue: ASB Lounge, West Wing - 6th floor, Australian School of Business, UNSW Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by email to rebecca.harcourt@unsw.edu.au by Monday, 20 May 2013 We are pleased to be hosting this significant gathering, and we hope you can join us. Dr. Loretta O’Donnell, Associate Dean of Education. ASB


Background A group of UN Global Compact LEAD participants, including Australian companies KPMG Australia, MMG Limited and Westpac Banking Corporation, are participating in a project with the UN Global Compact to increase understanding in the business community of how to meet the corporate responsibility to respect Indigenous peoples’ rights and opportunities to support Indigenous peoples’ rights. The UNDRIP Business Guide is a key output of this project. Additional information about the UN Global Compact and the Indigenous engagement project is available here. Consultation Workshop on the UNDRIP Business Guide The UNDRIP Business Guide will be used by companies around the world to better understand their responsibilities and opportunities in relation to indigenous peoples’ rights and to inspire and guide their engagement with indigenous peoples. It sets out key business actions that companies can take to respect and support the rights of indigenous peoples, and seeks to translate the UNDRIP into the business context. It is crucial that the UNDRIP Business Guide reflects input from broad range of stakeholders, including, crucially, the views of Indigenous peoples from around the world. This consultation workshop will provide a key opportunity for Indigenous Australians to provide input into this important publication. Resources The Exposure Draft is available here: http://www.unglobalcompact.org/Issues/human_rights/indigenous_peoples_rights.html Survey Ahead of the consultation workshop, we encourage you to complete a very brief (2 question, 3-5 minute) survey which will help us to identify the key topics for discussion at the consultation workshop. The survey is available here: http://www.instant.ly/s/Y9mNf Those unable to attend the consultation workshop are also encouraged to provide high level input via the survey, and to provide further comments by email to undrip@unglobalcompact.org Alice Cope UN Global Compact cope@unglobalcompact.org

Dr. Loretta O’Donnell ASB l.odonnell@unsw.edu.au

About the Australian School of Business, UNSW Dr Loretta O'Donnell is the Associate Dean of Education at the Australian School of Business and the UN PRME Coordinator of the Regional Chapter and the Regional Manager for the Academy of Business in Society for Asia Pacific. Rebecca Harcourt is the Program Manager for Indigenous Business Education at the Australian School of Business working in partnership with Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit, UNSW Jeremy Heathcote is the Indigenous Employment Coordinator for UNSW, based within Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit he works in partnership with Faculties including ASB and the corporate sector to gain opportunities for students with cadetship and graduate employment. ASB and Nura Gili consult and work closely with many Indigenous stakeholders across education, community, corporate, government, media and not- for -profit sectors to create meaningful tertiary pathways to ASB for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, to provide ongoing advocacy and


support for our Indigenous students and alumni and to introduce Indigenous perspectives into our learning and teaching for all our students. Rebecca is also the Editor of Nura Gili News a new monthly online magazine celebrating Nura Gili’s students, alumni, staff and programs across all our communities. For further information please see Nura Gili website: www.nuragili.unsw.edu.au and/or contact Rebecca directly on (02) 93859746 or email rebecca.harcourt@unsw.edu.au About the UN Global Compact and UNGC Network Australia The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. The UNGC currently has over 10,000 participants globally, including over 7,000 companies, making it the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative.


Invitation - Consultation workshop at ASB,UNSW