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

Home Government Incentives Toward Responsible Business Conduct

    
In a globalized marketplace, companies often operate in areas where host state regulation is lacking or where host governments may struggle to enforce their own laws.

The ‘governance gap’- the gap between...

Shifting Sands in Myanmar

Some of the poorest people in Southeast Asia are those that test their luck drilling for oil in the sand and mangrove swamps of the Rakhine State in Myanmar (Burma). There is no mechanical drill, everything is done by hand. To reach a depth of 100m...

16 March 2017

Commentary by John Morrison, Chief Executive, IHRB

A Contentious Connection - Business and Women’s Rights

The relationship between business and women’s rights activists and advocates has always been contentious, and more frequently, rife with suspicion and hostility, especially in the global South.  This is not, unfortunately, without reason.

Not only...