Corporate social responsibility
Consumers care about sustainability—and back it up with their wallets
Jordan Bar Am, Vinit Doshi, Anandi Malik, Steve Noble
A joint study from McKinsey and NielsenIQ examines sales growth for products that claim to be environmentally and socially responsible.
Broken promises: two years of corporate reporting under Australia’s Modern Slavery Act
This report evaluates the extent to which the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) is driving effective action by companies in addressing modern slavery, three years into the Act’s operation.
Public exposure and responses to data breaches in Australia: October 2022
This paper reports Australians' views about data trust, cybercrime and data breaches and how these have changed. It is based on data from four waves of the ANUpoll collected over the period October 2019 to October 2022.
Out of bounds: coal, gas and oil sponsorship in Australian sports
Many Australian sport organisations are beginning to take action to reduce their climate pollution footprint and leverage their significant media profiles to promote environmentally positive behaviours. This report quantifies the number and value of fossil fuel sponsorships in Australian sport.
Under the hood: the truth about Toyota
The Australian government is currently considering the introduction of fuel efficiency standards regulating climate pollution from cars, which would ensure wider choice of more efficient and zero emissions vehicles for Australian consumers. Based on information contained in this report, Greenpeace Australia Pacific holds there is...
Integrating child rights across the ASX
This report shows there is an overwhelming lack of attention being given by Australian companies on the impacts their business has on children, with less than 1% having a specific commitment to respecting children’s rights further than just child labour.
How Meta extorted Australia
This briefing highlights key details of whistleblower revelations about Facebook’s unprecedented tactical response to the development of Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code in February 2021, and the concurrent reforms that were made to the Code, all of which handed significant power to Facebook.
Money calls the shots: pharma's response to the COVID-19 vaccines crisis
This report argues that, despite receiving billions in public funding, a number of pharmaceutical companies are continuing to put their own business interests before their human rights responsibilities by creating barriers to fair access to their COVID-19 vaccines through their decisions not to share intellectual...
Corporate climate responsibility monitor 2022
This report assesses the climate strategies of 25 major global companies, critically analysing the extent to which they demonstrate corporate climate leadership.
Paper promises? Evaluating the early impact of Australia’s Modern Slavery Act
This report examines statements submitted to the federal government's Modern Slavery Register by 102 companies sourcing from four sectors with known risks of modern slavery: garments from China, rubber gloves from Malaysia, seafood from Thailand and fresh produce from Australia.
Selling out: how powerful industries corrupt our democracy
This report explores how the powerful fossil fuel, gambling and tobacco industries are attempting to take advantage of Australia’s weak integrity laws, thereby distorting the nation's democratic processes, to put profits ahead of society's wellbeing.
Climate disclosures: lessons from global trends for Aotearoa New Zealand
The purpose of this report is to consider emerging global best practice for standards on climate risk disclosure regimes and how they might be adopted into the incoming mandatory regime in New Zealand.
Casualties of fashion: how garment workers in Bangladesh and Cambodia are wearing the cost of COVID-19
The research in this report reveals that garment workers in Bangladesh and Cambodia – two prominent garment producing countries for the Australian market – are not earning enough to cover basic living costs for their families during COVID-19.
Resources, energy and modern slavery: practical responses for managing risk to people
This publication is a guide to help the resources and energy sectors respond effectively to the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth). The Act requires certain large companies to report annually on their efforts to address risks of modern slavery in their global operations and supply...
Climate governance study: risk and opportunity insights from Australian directors
This study reveals that Australian boards see climate change as a key strategic and risk issue, but face capacity and resource constraints in responding to the challenge.
A changing climate: what investors expect from company directors on climate risk
The objective of this report is to clearly articulate Australian investors’ expectations by detailing the experience, action and responsibilities required to constitute a climate competent board.
National benchmarking report on fundraising leadership
Academic research and market insights tell us that Boards and CEOs play a critical role in fundraising outcomes and impact. Fundamentally, increasing leadership involvement in fundraising often involves difficult conversations about responsibility, accountability, money, personal networks and skills gaps across traditional power structures and hierarchies...
Royal Commission into the Casino Operator and Licence: report
This Royal Commission was established following the findings of the Bergin Inquiry. The Commission has found that Crown is unsuitable to hold a casino licence on the basis that it has engaged in conduct that is “illegal, dishonest, unethical and exploitative”.
A way forward
The destruction of the Juukan Gorge heritage sites by Rio Tinto in May 2020 was an event that shocked the nation. This report highlights the need for legislative change at Commonwealth, State and Territory levels to ensure the protection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...
Corporate action for 1.5 degrees: best practice for Australian company net zero commitments
Net zero commitments from companies demonstrate that climate action is on their agenda and that action is underway at that organisation. But, perhaps more importantly, they also normalise the corporate sector contributing to Australia reaching net zero emissions. This report was informed by an updated...
At the crossroads: 10 years of implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in Australia
This report finds that much work remains to be done to address significant gaps in corporate accountability for adverse human rights impacts, to ensure victims have access to remedy, and to operationalise the business ‘responsibility to respect’ human rights in Australia.
A double dose of inequality: pharma companies and the COVID-19 vaccines crisis
This report focuses on six leading vaccine developers, assessing each company’s human rights policy, pricing structure, records on intellectual property, knowledge and technology sharing, allocation of available vaccine doses and transparency.
Clean energy agreement making on First Nations land: what do strong agreements contain?
This publication outlines best practice guidelines for how clean energy companies could approach agreement making with the First Nations landholders of their potential development site.
Climate risk governance guide
This guide is an introductory resource for directors on climate change risk governance. It provides a plain-language introduction to fundamental climate change concepts, and considers this issue in the context of the non-executive directors’ role and duties.
SDG measurement and disclosure 3.0: a study of ASX150 companies
This report will be of interest to investors, regulators, and other stakeholders to better understand how top public-listed Australian companies are relating to and managing the different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report provides an analysis of the SDG disclosure practices in 2020 by the...