The Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) was widely hailed as a critical first step by Australia towards tackling the global problem of modern slavery, with the government proclaiming that it would transform the way businesses respond to modern slavery by prompting a business-led ‘race to the top’.
This report examines statements submitted to the federal government's Modern Slavery Register by 102 companies sourcing from four sectors with known risks of modern slavery: garments from China, rubber gloves from Malaysia, seafood from Thailand and fresh produce from Australia.
- Companies are failing to comply with the mandatory reporting requirements.
- Companies are failing to identify or disclose obvious modern slavery risks.
- Companies are failing to demonstrate effective actions to address risks.