Multi-stakeholder forum

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Why do we have a multi-stakeholder forum?

Our multi-stakeholder forum was established to facilitate communication between Efic and civil society organisations (CSOs) about the environmental and social aspects of our transactions. Through an ongoing, two-way dialogue, we aim to exchange information on standards of best practice in these areas.

At regular forums, we discuss matters including:

  • specific transactions (subject to our confidentiality obligations)
  • the general implementation of our Policy and Procedure for environmental and social review of transactions and
  • broader corporate social responsibility trends, initiatives and debates.

The forums are held under the “Chatham House Rule” which states: “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.”

Who takes part

The multi-stakeholder forum includes representatives from Efic, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Trade and Economic Policy Division), Human Rights Law Centre, Jubilee Australia and Oxfam Australia. Other organisations are also welcome to take part – simply contact our Chief Credit Officer by emailing environment@efic.gov.au.

How it works

Forums are generally held once or twice a year or as decided between the forum members, and are usually held at our Sydney office. An Efic representative chairs the meeting, which involves distributing an agenda, organising the meeting itself and arranging for the outcomes to be published on the Efic website. People taking part are expected to prepare for the agenda topics, and lead relevant discussion items.

Meeting outcomes

To read outcomes of past forums, please click the links below.

November 2011 

May 2012 

November 2012 

September 2013 

May 2014

February 2016