Past events

GCNA Human Rights Leadership Group | Modern Slavery Workshop 2018 (Perth)

29 Oct

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Event Details

The Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA) invites you to a business workshop to discuss the issue of modern slavery risk management and reporting.

Modern slavery in its many forms – human trafficking, forced labour and debt bondage among others – continues to impact millions around the world, including in Australia and Australian supply chains.

In 2015, the United Kingdom introduced the UK Modern Slavery Act, which requires certain companies to publish statements as to the steps (if any) they are taking to identify and address modern slavery risks in their own operations and supply chains. So far over 2,000 companies have published statements under the Act. Now, the Australian Government is debating a Modern Slavery Bill, which will introduce a similar Australian modern slavery reporting requirement. The NSW Government has already passed its own Modern Slavery Act which also includes a reporting requirement and may have implications for any company with employees in NSW.

This workshop will explore:

  • What modern slavery is (and is not) and how it may manifest in business value chains both in Australia and overseas
  • Key human rights responsibilities and frameworks for businesses to help them to manage modern slavery risks in line with international expectations
  • The business case – legal, financial and reputational risks related to failing to manage modern slavery risks
  • How leading businesses are responding to both risk management and reporting
  • Where the Australian Government is currently at on the Modern Slavery Bill as well as expected developments on the NSW Act
  • A guide to GCNA resources including the Modern Slavery Community of Practice

The workshop will be presented by Kylie Porter, Executive Director, Global Compact Network Australia, with Catherine Bozanich, CSR Specialist at Fortescue Metals , Jenn Morris, CEO at Walk Free Foundation, Shaeron Yapp, Manager Strategic Policy and Business at Walk Free Foundation and Donella Caspersz, Lecturer at The University of Western Australia and Director of Principles for Responsible Management Education.

The Agenda is available here.

To encourage open discussion, the workshop will be held under the Chatham House rule.


This is a free event. Please register here.

This event is kindly hosted by Fortescue Metals Group.

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