Her Ambitious Career

Ep 122 - Sustainability: Understanding the Human Rights Impacts of Business, with Ro Coroneos

March 26, 2024 Episode 122
Her Ambitious Career
Ep 122 - Sustainability: Understanding the Human Rights Impacts of Business, with Ro Coroneos
Show Notes

Today we are talking about human rights policy, within a corporate context, with my guest Ro Coroneos. Join us!

In this episode, we are talking about... 

  • How governments have a duty to uphold human rights, whilst corporates have a duty to respect them
  • The requirement of organisations to remedy situations when rights are impacted 
  • How human rights policies must be embedded in organisational operating culture, values and behaviour through change management and communications strategies
  • Human rights as an essential measure of business performance
  • And the need for greater transparency of how social risks are being managed by organisations, due to heightened investor pressure
  • An organisation's first step, is to review the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights 

Ro says:

"The critical thing about organisations that demonstrate a respect for human rights is that you can see there are commitments practically in a company's behaviour."
  (Ro Coroneos, guest on Her Ambitious Career podcast)


About Ro:

Ro Coroneos is Head of Responsible Sourcing for Lendlease, an Australian ASX listed integrated real estate company.  Her expertise and passion is the ‘S’ in ESG, ranging from business responses to human rights and modern slavery risk, to measuring social impact and value.  

Ro was recipient of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s business award in 2016, for her guide on inclusive design in urban spaces.  Her work in establishing a pop-up college in partnership with TAFE NSW, for the Barangaroo urban regeneration project in Sydney, upskilled over 11,000 construction workers during the project period, and won several awards for innovation excellence. 

In her spare time Ro is (very) slowly, working on a collection of poems.

About Rebecca:

Rebecca Allen is an Executive Coach and Personal Brand expert who helps corporate women attain senior leadership positions. Her clients come from a range of industries and companies including Aquila Capital, Reserve Bank of Australia, Goldman Sachs, Ministry of Defence, KPMG, J.P. Morgan and Coca-Cola Amatil. Rebecca's favourite work day was recently: her client sent her a photo of a card her son had written her. In his note, he praised his mum for chasing her career goals down, getting promoted and putting her needs first. Rebecca loves that her work impacts not just the women she coaches, but their families too.