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The impact of Australia's new modern slavery legislation

The legislation is still developing. However, the laws now in place in New South Wales go further than equivalent UK corporate transparency law by introducing financial penalties in respect of modern slavery statements, including for persons, which includes companies and individuals, involved in reporting. Companies with links to Australia should consider the reporting obligations, and those tasked with drafting the reports should consider the information to be published carefully.

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Identifying and addressing areas of concern in a company's supply chain will help to develop an ethical and sustainable business.

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Business and religious groups join forces to end modern slavery

Business and religious groups join forces to end modern slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest has challenged Australian business leaders to wipe slavery out of their supply chains and backed calls for tougher rules in this country.
Mr Forrest has joined forces with faith groups calling for new legislation to outlaw modern slavery and forced labour, which is on the rise.
Writing on behalf of 18 national faith leaders has called on the federal government for an act of Parliament to discourage slavery-like conditions.
"As faith leaders united against modern slavery, we express our concerns about the welfare and human rights of thousands of migrant workers who are either at risk of or are experiencing forced labour in Australia," the letter says. 

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Business leaders in Australia are challenged to wipe slavery out of their supply chains; what trends are you observing in your country?

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Australian government launches formal enquiry into establishing a UK style modern slavery legislation

‘The appalling practice of modern slavery is a scourge that regrettably continues to affect millions of people around the world, including in Australia,’ Foreign Affairs and Aid Sub-Committee Chair, Mr Chris Crewther MP, said. The inquiry ‘seeks to build on this work to explore what further changes could be made to strengthen Australia’s efforts to combat modern slavery.

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Great to see other countries following the same trend!

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