There is an urgent need to provide vulnerable workers and communities with more effective means of defending their human rights when they are violated by transnational businesses.
This research looked the effectiveness of current avenues of human rights redress. It focused on 10 cases of community complaints against mining, agribusiness, and garments manufacturing projects in India and Indonesia.
When I was head of research at Oxfam I helped design this project. In 2014-2016, I worked with the team of academics to analyse and synthesise their results and find the best ways to engage those who could best use the analysis in the future.
This led to the development of reports for specific audiences to influence regulation in the UK and Australia, the broader policy debates and a guide for civil society, as well as workshops with a range of stakeholders.
During May’s time leading Oxfam Australia’s research unit, myself and a number of academic colleagues were extremely fortunate to work closely with May in establishing a research partnership examining the human rights practices of transnational businesses. Negotiation of the partnership was highly complex…[i]ts successful establishment depended critically on May’s outstanding ability to mobilize people, ideas and resources within her own organisation, and among the range of other NGO and University partners involved.
– Kate Macdonald, University of Melbourne