Social Responsibility

Social Procurement & Human Rights

Human Rights

We acknowledge that business has the potential to impact – positively and negatively, human rights.

We strive to align our corporate responsibility with the UN Global Compact Network Ten Principles derived from;

  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (
  • The International Labour Organizations Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (–en/index.htm)
  • The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development (
  • The United Nations Convention Against Corruption  (

We acknowledge the UN Global Compact as the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, with over 10,000 business and 3000 non-business participants globally.

We endeavour to protect, respect and fulfil human rights through our;

  1. Core business activities in support of UN goals and issues
  2. Strategic social investment and philanthropy
  3. Partnership and collective action

The Global Compact Network Australia Ten Principles are;

  1. Business should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights
  2. Businesses should make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses
  3. Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
  4. Business should uphold the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.
  5. Business should uphold the effective abolition of child labour.
  6. Businesses should uphold the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
  7. Business should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
  8. Business should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
  9. Business should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
  10. Business should work against corruption in all its forms. Including extortion and bribery.

Social Procurement

Our vision is to integrate strong social procurement practices.

We endeavour where possible to use Harnest buying power to generate social value above and beyond the value of goods or services.

Where possible we seek to support the Victorian Government’s social procurement objectives of

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