News And Opinions

Here OSACO team members share their views and insights on topical issues. If you have a particular question or issue you would like us to address please get in touch via [email protected].

OSACO Group listed as quality assured service provider global Resource and Support Hub safeguarding directory

November 28, 2021

New Zealand-based company OSACO Group is the only consultancy in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific to have been listed as a quality assured service provider  on the directory of the global Resource and Support Hub for safeguarding.  The Hub is funded by UK Aid, the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office, to help organisations…

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What is an independent investigation and why does independence matter?

November 19, 2021

When a serious issue arises within a business or organisation one of the first steps taken is often to launch an investigation into what has occurred. This is to reassure staff and external stakeholders that a matter is being taken seriously and to demonstrate that the business or organisation is seeking to fully understand what…

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Paradise Lost: It’s Only Water?

November 1, 2021

Citizens can no longer sit and wait for the worst to happen or call in the lawyers when it does. Global warming leads to extreme weather events. Effective implementation of UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) 6 and 15 are key to successfully navigating a route to the regeneration of a biophysical environment.   So, what could…

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How can New Zealand businesses and organisations meet the bar for Environmental Social Governance?

October 20, 2021

A member’s bill was drawn out of the ‘hat’ several weeks ago which represents an important step in a vital conversation for Aotearoa New Zealand businesses and organisations. As the Companies (Directors Duties) Amendment Bill’s sponsor Dr. Duncan Webb says in a LinkedIn post: “In the real world it has long been recognised that companies and other…

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University of Otago’s handling of sex assault irks victims

September 11, 2021

Time and again we see stories like this where organisations appear to be floundering. There’s no reason for that to be the case when the expertise exists to help them prevent harm and respond appropriately if harm occurs. The key is working with an organisation that knows what to do. Ask an organisation you’re engaged…

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Bernard Hickey: What comes after ‘Greed is Good’?

September 10, 2021

This is a very interesting article from commentator Bernard Hickey. We couldn’t agree more that Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) has to be undertaken with integrity and rigour. It can’t be the new form of ‘greenwashing’ and that was never the intention of the UN Development Goals. Organisations and businesses around the world are becoming more and more…

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