Report

Paper promises? Evaluating the early impact of Australia’s Modern Slavery Act

Publisher
Corporate social responsibility Slavery Imports Legislation Supply chain Australia
Description

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.

Key findings:

  • 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.
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