Past events

Modern Slavery: What Business Needs to Know

27 Jun

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event Details

The Business Council of Australia and Global Compact Network Australia are convening a business workshop for members, to explore the emerging issue of modern slavery.

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 outlining the steps (if any) they are taking to identify and address modern slavery risks in their activities and supply chains. So far over 2,000 companies have published statements under the Act. Now, the Australian Government is conducting an inquiry into whether Australia should introduce equivalent legislation.

This workshop will explore:

  • What modern slavery is (and is not) and how it may manifest both in business value chains both in Australia and overseas
  • Key human rights responsibilities and frameworks for businesses
  • How businesses can identify and address their modern slavery (and related legal, financial and reputational) risks
  • How the regulatory landscape is shifting
  • How leading businesses are responding
  • Where the Australian Government is currently at on the issue

Speakers will include:

  • Simon Nash, Practice Management Lead – Sustainable Procurement or Angela van Eekelen, Global Policy and Compliance Manager – Procurement, ANZ Bank
  • Fiona Lawrie, Sustainability Manager, Wesfarmers
  • Vanessa Zimmerman, Chair, GCNA Human Rights Leadership Group
  • Gershon Nimbalker, Advocacy Manager, Baptist World Aid
  • Alice Cope, Executive Director, Global Compact Network Australia

This event is open to BCA and GCNA business members. Please get in touch if you are interested.

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