Last year many of us came together to hear from Sharan Burrow and Professor David Kinley about the current state of human rights in the finance sector. This year we will explore how we, as union members, can support rights in Australia and around the world. We have an exciting series of events lined up.
Here is the full list of Winter/Spring events.
You can register for these right away but we’ll be sending further updates about these closer to the time, so keep an eye out!
Human Rights in Action Series
FSU Human Rights Network
Thursday 28 July 12:30 – 1:30pm
An inspiring story of resistance
The fight for justice in Myanmar and how we can make sure that Australian companies and institutions aren’t connected to human rights abuses.
The Myanmar military seized control on 1 February 2021 after a general election which Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party won by a landslide. Myanmar trade unionists and everyday people have taken to the streets in an extraordinarily brave defiance of the violent regime. The Myanmar government in exile has criticised Australia’s sovereign wealth fund (The Future Fund) for investing in several companies — including weapons manufacturers — that have done business with Myanmar’s military. Come along and hear about the inspiring story of resistance and how we can support justice in Myanmar.
Friday 12 August 12:30 – 1:30pm
Climate change and Australian communities
Climate change has profound impacts on a range of human rights, including the rights to food, health, water and sanitation and housing. This webinar will examine the power finance – including banking and superannuation – to support clean energy and move away from fossil fuels.
Friday 9 September 12:30 – 1:30pm
Ethical Finance – is it really ethical?
Some banks and other financial institutions market themselves as 100% ethical – claiming to look after the environment and people. This webinar will explore what makes a business ethical and how Australian businesses stack up.
Are you a member of the Finance Sector Union? If not, now is a great time to join and stand up for human rights around the world.