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VIDEO | Listening and Responding to Modern Slavery

Chris Caskey | May 1, 2023

As part of the UN Global Compact Network Australia’s Modern Slavery Impact Initiative (MSII), we are releasing a series of short Bite-sized Learning videos unpacking key modern slavery risk issues and topics for Australian businesses.

In our fifth episode, Chris Caskey, Manager, Human Rights at the UNGCNA spoke to Dr Meg Brodie, Partner in Charge at KPMG Banarra Human Rights and Social Impact Services and  Head of the Global KPMG Business and Human Rights Network to discuss listening and responding to modern slavery through grievance mechanisms. Dr Brodie unpacked the challenges employees and other rights-holders face in raising grievances, the criticality of building cultures of safety and the capability of staff to recognise and deal with concerns raised obliquely through informal channels, and how companies can practically set up fit for purpose grievance processes in the face of emerging human rights due diligence regulation.

In 2021, there were an estimated 49.6 million people living in conditions of modern slavery worldwide, with increasing prevalence in the Asia Pacific. As modern slavery remains a key human rights risk for Australian businesses, this video aims to raise awareness and support businesses in Australia in understanding the imperative to identify, manage and mitigate their modern slavery related risks.

This content was funded by the Australian Government through the National Community Crime Prevention Program: Modern Slavery Grant opportunity. The views expressed in this video are the presenter’s alone and are not necessarily the views of the Australian Government.

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Chris Caskey

Chris is a human rights professional with experience in human rights law, business and human rights, modern slavery, and regulatory risk advisory. At the UNGCNA, Chris co-leads our Human Rights workstream, manages the delivery of our Modern Slavery Impact Initiative and leads the UNGCNA engagement with the Dhawura Ngilan Business & Investor Initiative.