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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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Experts Spell Out Five Key Tools To Combat Trafficking In 2017 

Experts Spell Out Five Key Tools To Combat Trafficking In 2017  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

With the power of technology and legal clout, many experts agree that 2017 could be the tipping point in the global battle against human trafficking and modern slavery.
An estimated 45.8 million people live in some form of slavery across the world, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index by human rights group Walk Free Foundation.
Yet pressure and awareness are now building, big business is starting to lead the way, new laws are being put in place and potentially game-changing technology is available.

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Read what experts think are the most important tools to tackle illegal trade in humans

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Two tech companies win first Stop Slavery Award after workforce scrutiny

Two multi-national tech companies previously questioned over labour and workforce conditions have won a new global award for turning the spotlight onto their own supply chains to eradicate modern day slavery from their operations.
The inaugural Thomson Reuters Foundation Stop Slavery Award was conferred on U.S. technology company Hewlett Packard Enterprise and NXP Semiconductors, the world's largest chip supplier to the automotive industry.
The winners were chosen from a shortlist of 10 companies employing thousands of people in sectors ranging from electronics to retail to mining and included Apple, Tesco and global seafood producer Thai Union.

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After being suspected of having doubtful labour conditions, these two companies bounced back and cleaned their supply chain. Have you ever experienced this kind of situation?

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Major UK hotels Hilton, Shiva join fight against modern slavery

Major UK hotels Hilton, Shiva join fight against modern slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Major hotel groups, including the Hilton and Shiva Hotels, will pledge to examine their supply chains for forced labour, train staff how to spot and report signs of trafficking, and raise awareness of the issue among hotel guests.
From goods made by forced labour to hotels being used to sexually exploit trafficking victims, many hoteliers are on the frontline of the fight against slavery, said campaign head Meenal Sachdev from the Shiva Foundation, an anti-trafficking group funded by Shiva Hotels.

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The hospitality industry is working hard to end modern slavery. How engaged are you in your industry towards this issue? 

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Construction industry unaware of modern slavery risks, survey finds

Construction industry unaware of modern slavery risks, survey finds | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
While 84% of respondents from a sample survey of the group’s 14,000 construction industry members agreed that the UK should take leadership on modern slavery and human trafficking, 51% conceded a lack of knowledge about necessary measures to take if the issue was met in their organisation.
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There is a great need by all tiers of the supply chain to work together to turn awareness into action. Are you working your way in your supply chain to take action against modern slavery?

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Norm Miller's curator insight, October 24, 2016 12:56 PM
With so many desperate immigrants in the world modern day exploitation is possible or various forms of slave labor.
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What the New Trade Enforcement Act Lacks: An Interview with Pierre-Francois Thaler of EcoVadis

What the New Trade Enforcement Act Lacks: An Interview with Pierre-Francois Thaler of EcoVadis | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The act is more of a hindrance than a help for mature organizations that already vet and monitor their suppliers for forced labor. If any part of a company’s supply base is on this list of 400+ goods, the organization could face legal ramifications despite solid evidence that its supply chain is slavery-free. For businesses that have worked for decades to create their own comprehensive susta
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Nice editorial from our fearless leader on why private sector action is absolutely essential to combat human trafficking and forced labor in the supply chain. Although the law is encouraging in spirit, we hope the enforcement mechanisms for it will be adjusted to enable companies with solid supplier due diligence programs to continue their work with their suppliers.

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Supply Chain Slavery Index Identifies High-Risk Countries in Fashion Supply Chains 

Supply Chain Slavery Index Identifies High-Risk Countries in Fashion Supply Chains  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Russia, Slovakia, India and Pakistan have been identified as ‘severe risk’ source countries of ‘modern day slaves’ to the UK. Of the G7 nations, Italy is identified as a ‘high risk’ nation — partly due to the conflict in Syria. Greece and Turkey are additionally categorized as ‘high risk’ countries.

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Are you sourcing from those high-risk countries?

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The Morning Risk Report: Waking Up to Supply Chain Slavery

The Morning Risk Report: Waking Up to Supply Chain Slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Compliance officers at CNH Industrial, a multinational manufacturer of equipment and vehicles, were shocked to find a complaint on a hotline from a worker in Eastern Europe who said they had been pressured to participate in the local cotton harvest on company time. The reaction at the company was “Wait a minute–how could we have forced labor in our supply chain?” said Gwendolyn Lee Hassan, managing counsel of global compliance and ethics at the company. CNH then set about an overhaul of its supply chain risk management and compliance.
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Are you waiting for a complaint to start acting? How are you ensuring that there is no modern slavery in your supply chain?  

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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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Is your T-shirt clean of slavery? Science may soon be able to tell

An estimated 46 million people are living as slaves, according the 2016 Global Slavery Index by the Walk Free Foundation, which said Uzbekistan - the world's fifth-largest cotton exporter - Turkmenistan and Tajikistan were forcing people to work in the annual cotton harvest.
Over 264 brands have signed up to a global pledge set up by the Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN), run by the California-based charity As You Sow, vowing not to use Uzbek cotton until the government stops using forced child and adult labor.
"I think many consumers would be appalled to contemplate the notion that their garment they're wearing could be the product of human trafficking," Hayward said.

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There are rising concerns about the global cotton industry using child and forced labor in harvesting and during the production process. Do you face similar issues in your supply chain?

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Human Trafficking the Top Concern for United Kingdom Commercial Enterprises

Human Trafficking the Top Concern for United Kingdom Commercial Enterprises | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

U.K. investigators appear to be examining all areas of modern-day slavery – from working conditions within the country to a company’s international supply chain. Investigators have good reason to suspect this: Recent studies suggest that more than two-thirds of all businesses believe it is very likely modern slavery has or currently exists within their supply chain.  Now that companies have filed their first few rounds of statements required under the Act, investigators are expected to be conducting exhaustive checks in the coming weeks and months.

EcoVadis's insight:

Alarming figures from a recent study shows that modern slavery is omnipresent in the supply chain; is it present in yours too? How are you helping eradicating it?

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Companies can’t outsource due diligence if they want to end modern slavery in their supply chains | Ethical Trading Initiative

Companies can’t outsource due diligence if they want to end modern slavery in their supply chains | Ethical Trading Initiative | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Companies must build internal capability and engage directly with workers

Companies should spend their time and money more wisely. They should build their internal capability and leadership - having hard conversations internally about what needs to change in their sourcing, purchasing and human resources practices. Short-term fixes may be tempting, but this kind of investment will pay off far more in the long-term.  

 And of course, the most effective form of due diligence is to engage directly with workers and their representatives. Because workers that can advocate for themselves and negotiate their own terms and conditions are not at risk of modern slavery.
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Agreed. The challenge for companies is finding the right indicators and tools to focus their efforts, as many large multinationals have 10,000, 50,000 or more suppliers. 

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