Modern Slavery in Australia

By CARE Australia April 4, 2019 0 comments

The introduction of Modern Slavery Act legislation in Australia means large companies now need to report annually on the risks of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains, and the action they have taken to assess and address those risks, and the effectiveness of their response. But what is modern slavery and what can companies do about it?

The introduction of Modern Slavery Act legislation in Australia means large companies now need to report annually on the risks of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains, and the action they have taken to assess and address those risks, and the effectiveness of their response. But what is modern slavery and what can companies do about it?

Slavery in the modern age is not about physical chains. It is nuanced and can be challenging to detect. For example, workers being locked in to or abused for failing to meet production targets.  Families forced to work as labourers, unable to leave until debts are paid off. Women coerced into sex with supervisors to avoid being fired.

CARE’s work focuses on reducing the opportunities for slavery to occur by alleviating poverty and improving working conditions within the international supply chain. We believe companies can take action by promoting best practice approaches throughout their supply chains.

CARE draws on experience in 95 countries to address poverty and injustice around the world, which means we understand the most effective ways to make change happen. Because we put women and girls at the heart of our work, our insights are tailored to those most affected by modern slavery. We work with companies in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and around the globe to promote the rights of workers, particularly women.

Learn more about how we can work with companies to promote best practice in supply chains.

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