Human rights are based on the principles of dignity, equality and mutual respect.
Human rights recognise the inherent value of each person, regardless of their background, where they live, what they look like, what they think or what they believe.
People’s human rights are respected when they are treated fairly and have the ability to make genuine choices in their daily lives.
The operations of an organisation, regardless of its size, can have an impact on the human rights of many people, including its employees, customers, suppliers and their employees, business partners and the communities in which the organisation operates.
Australian laws require organisations to protect some human rights. These include laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment in the workplace, laws requiring employers to provide equal employment opportunities, and laws ensuring fair and safe conditions of work.