Benchmarking

Richard Boele on the Role of Corporate Advisors

10 May 2016

By Salil Tripathi, Senior Advisor, Global Issues, IHRB

Richard Boele is partner at KPMG Banarra, part of the KPMG group in Australia, which provides specialised services for human rights and social impact. Richard had established his company, Banarra, which KPMG acquired in August 2015. Boele has vast experience in the field of business and human rights. At Body Shop in the 1990s, he led the company's campaign for the release of Ken Saro-Wiwa and other Ogoni activists who were arrested (and subsequently executed) by the Nigerian Government.

For more than two decades, Boele has advised companies dealing in natural resources, retail, and property on human rights and social impacts.

During a recent visit in London, he spoke to IHRB's Salil Tripathi about the changing landscape of business and human rights, including what drove a large firm such as KPMG to offer services in the field of human rights, how companies can measure human rights performance, what steps they need to take to improve their performance, and the role of the civil society in establishing greater accountability.

Download Filetype: MP3 - Size: 13.1MB - Duration: 11:29 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)

Latest IHRB Publications

Q&A on the Stronger Together Construction Initiative

The UK Modern Slavery Act has encouraged many businesses to examine how their activities impact the rights of others. The Act requires companies to engage with key challenges relating to risks of forced labour and trafficking. Customer-facing...

16 February 2017

The World is Watching Corporate Action on the Trump Travel Ban

A growing chorus of corporate leaders are speaking out against US President Donald Trump’s executive order, which suspends entry into the United States from citizens (or dual citizens) of seven predominantly Muslim countries.

US...

Sir Nigel Rodley - A Pioneer in the Struggle for Human Rights

When I started work at Amnesty International in 1999 (I worked there till 2005), my assignment was to help develop thinking, campaigning, and research on business and human rights. It was there that I first met Sir Nigel Rodley, a champion of the...