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.
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