About

RightsBusiness works with business, government and civil society to manage human rights risk and opportunities.  We provide expert, strategic and pragmatic advice on a range of human rights related issues relevant to business, whatever its size or sector.  We work with organisations seeking to deepen their human rights footprint, lift their human rights profile or make human rights part of everyday business.  We work with organisations for whom engagement with business and human rights is embryonic or yet to begin.  Details are available on the Products and Services page.

RightsBusiness is a revenue earning enterprise that aims to operate as a not for profit.  As a socially responsible enterprise, any profit we might make is applied towards meeting organisational expenses and our social responsibility projects.

Priyanga Hettiarachi is the director and founder of RightsBusiness.

Priyanga has more than a decade of experience providing human rights products and services to the private, public and third sector.  He has worked in Australia, England, the Netherlands and Sri Lanka and in multi-disciplinary roles.  Most recently, he was Director, Strategy, Policy and Projects at the Australian Human Rights Commission and responsible for leading work on business and human rights.  During this time, Priyanga worked with leading businesses and the Global Compact Local Network to progress business engagement with human rights, including with the 2011 UN Guidelines.  Before that, as an Executive at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, he led the legal policy team, and provided advice on designing and implementing a national human rights framework.  For several years prior to that, he gave advice to the building and construction industry in Australia and Asia as a Senior Associate of Norton Rose.  He first provided human rights advice to the private sector in the United Kingdom in 1999.

He received a State award in 2006 in Melbourne from the Premier of Victoria for his contribution to the Charter of Human Rights.

He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Laws from Melbourne University.  He has undertaken graduate or post graduate study in management, economics, human rights, public policy and law.  He is a barrister of the Inner Temple, England and Wales.  He has written widely about human rights in the private sector.