Multi-stakeholder forum 
 

 Multi-stakeholder forum 

Terms of reference

EFIC’s has established a multi-stakeholder forum with the following terms of reference:

The forum’s main aim is to facilitate regular dialogue between EFIC and civil society organisations (CSOs) on issues related to EFIC’s commitment to upholding best-practice environmental and social standards in the transactions it supports. The forum is a two-way process with all participants learning from the experience of the others. The CSO participants in particular hope that their experience will inform EFIC thinking on environmental and social issues.

General topics for discussion at each forum will include:

  • implementation of EFIC’s Policy and Procedure for environmental and social review of transactions.
  • specific transactions (subject to EFIC’s confidentiality obligations which limit EFIC staff to discussions revolving around information in the public domain).
  • other relevant EFIC initiatives.
  • broader corporate social responsibility and corporate accountability trends, initiatives and debates.
  • other issues of mutual interest.

The multi-stakeholder forum will be held under the “Chatham House Rule” which states:

“When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.”

Participants

Forum participants are representatives from the following organisations:

  • EFIC
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Trade and Economic Policy Division
  • Human Rights Law Centre
  • Jubilee Australia
  • Oxfam Australia, and
  • Transparency International.

Other organisations interested in participating in the forum are welcome to join. Interest can be expressed by contacting the Chief Credit Officer by any of the following methods:

  • by email to environment@efic.gov.au
  • by fax to EFIC at +61 2 9251 3851
  • by mail to:

    Export Finance and Insurance Corporation
    PO Box R65
    Royal Exchange NSW 1223
    Australia

Forum organisation

EFIC will chair meetings of the forum which will be held at EFIC’s Sydney office. The main role of the chair is an organisational one involving:

  • distributing a draft agenda to be agreed by the participants prior to the meeting
  • organising and chairing the meeting
  • preparing the meeting outcomes which, after agreement of the participants, will be published on EFIC’s website.

Participants are expected to prepare for specific topics of the forum’s agenda and lead discussion on that topic.

Forums are proposed to be held twice a year (in May and November) or as otherwise decided.

Meeting outcomes

The outcomes of each forum meeting can be obtained by clicking on the links below:

    1. Multi-stakeholder-forum-23-November-2011.pdf
    2. Multi-stakeholder-forum-Outcomes-17-May-2012.pdf
    3. Multi-stakeholder-forum-Outcomes-29-November-2012.pdf
    4. Multi-stakeholder-forum-Outcomes-5-September-2013.pdf