Press release description:
Some items Senator Linda Reynolds, who welcomed the passage of the Modern Slavery Bill, noted in her media release:
– Australia will be the first nation to recognise orphanage trafficking as a form of modern slavery.
– More than half of the world’s victims are exploited in the Asia-Pacific region meaning that many of our products and services as Australians may have forced labour in their supply chains. The Bill will give Australians the opportunity to make more informed decisions about their purchases.
– The Bill will have international impact, improving workplace standards and practices.
Read the press release here
In this article, Matthew Friedman discusses the increasing importance for businesses to address forced labour in their supply chains; besides being ‘plain wrong’ there is legislation being enacted around the issue, a growing number of concerned lawsuits, and media and consumer attention
The questions then becomes, how to address forced labour in businesses’ supply chains. Friedman presents a framework ‘for a coordinated and effective private-sector response to slavery’ that does not make businesses ‘choose between what is right, what is sustainable and what is profitable’. With a unified strategic plan Friedman says that slavery can be eliminated in private sector supply chains without a negative impact on profitability by 2028.
Throughout the article Friedman draws parallels between the mission to land man on the moon and the mission to eliminate supply chain slavery. He says, ‘like the man-on-the-moon goal, this is certainly ambitious, but it can be done.’
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Speech to the second reading of the Modern Slavery Bill.
Modern Slavery Second Reading Speech
The Bill as presented to the Australian Parliament.
Read the Modern Slavery Bill Here
As Confidence in Certified Seafood- front Cover the GSSI note the problem in confidence in the seafood industry is:
As seafood production increases to meet rising global demand, so have concerns of members of the seafood supply chain, consumers and environmental NGOs over the impact that production is having on the environment. One way of providing assurances of more sustainable practices in both aquaculture production and wild capture sheries is the use of seafood certi cation schemes. The report is a about a response to this where the solution is seen as:
The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) is a unique solution to this problem. For the rst-time members of the seafood supply chain, NGOs, governmental and intergovernmental organizations and a number of independent experts have come up with a collective, non-competitive approach to provide clarity on seafood certi cation and ensure consumer con dence in certi ed seafood.
They’ve done this by following the reference documents at the heart of the process: the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF), the FAO Guidelines for Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine/Inland Capture Fisheries and the FAO Technical Guidelines for Aquaculture Certi cation (FAO Guidelines). GSSI used this foundation to create a Global Benchmark Tool for seafood certi cation schemes.
The report can be read at: http://www.ourgssi.org/assets/GSSI-Benchmarking-Tool/GlobalBenchmarkTool-18apr15-2.pdf
In 2014, we launched the documentary ‘Sumangali: The Untold Story‘. It details the experiences of young women in the spinning weaving and dying mills of India, the epicentre of production for the world’s cotton knit fabrics.
In 2013 we launched our Make Fashion Traffik-free protocol asking Fashion Labels and retailers to agree to put in place policies and practices which lead to ending labour exploitation in their supply chains.
In 2014 we helped bring to the world’s attention the situation in the tea gardens in Assam. Here human trafficking thrives in a context where tea gardens workers are trapped in a context of poverty. Tens of thousands have been trafficked. We are working with Tata Global Beverages on changing these conditions and education programs in the tea gardens leading to some gardens having now eradicated trafficking.