Operationalising ethical frameworks in critical technology industries

Operationalising ethical frameworks in critical technology industries


The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has funded this project as part of Australia’s International Cyber and Critical Technology Engagement Strategy. Collaborating with La Trobe University in this project is the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar.

This project specifically focuses on Australian companies offshoring their technology to India. The project aims to improve the understanding of how banks, manufacturing companies and their technology suppliers in Australia and India translate being signatories of ethical frameworks into practice. A few examples of ethical frameworks are the United Nations Global Compact, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and ISO/IEC 27000 standards.

Against the backdrop of recent technological developments involving artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, Internet of Things, and blockchain technology, this project is of value to banks, manufacturing companies and technology suppliers because it will enhance the understanding of relevant ethical codes of practice in these new contexts.


This project has been reviewed and granted ethics approval by the La Trobe University Low Risk Ethics Committee. Case studies pertaining to Australia and India-based financial and manufacturing companies as well their technology supply chains are being analysed. The project’s data consists of:

  • Qualitative interviews with managers of financial, manufacturing, technology supplier and technology service provider organisations, as well as managers of industry associations and institutions promoting ethical practices in supply chains.
  • Surveys completed by workers of the companies and the technology supplier organisations.
  • Using artificial intelligence and machine learning, sentiment and emotion analysed data of ethical issues, which are posted in the public domain by workers and customers of financial, manufacturing and supplier organisations.


Benefits that are associated with participation are:

  • Gaining access to a Microsoft Power BI dashboard, which presents the sentiment and emotion analysis of the data retrieved from the public domain.
  • Receiving a copy of an industry report from the data analysis.
  • Participating in online workshops scheduled for late 2022, where the findings of this project will be presented to an audience consisting of representatives of the industry, government, and academic sectors.


La Trobe University

Professor Suzanne Young, Professor Naveen Chilamkurti, Professor Damminda Alahakoon, Dr Nicole El-Haber, Sajani Ranasinghe, and Dr Michael Gatumu

Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Professor Murali Prasad Panta and Dr Aathy Kannan

Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar

Assistant Professor Sameer G Kulkarni


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If you would like to find out more about this project, or be a participant, please email Professor Suzanne Young (s.h.young@latrobe.edu.au).