Modern Slavery & Your Business

Updated: May 11

Perth, Western Australia: The United Nations Association of Australia WA Division (UNAAWA) in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham) and K&L Gates, hosted an informative session discussing Australia's new Modern Slavery reporting laws and the practical steps needed to prepare for its reporting on 30th April at Hyatt Regency, Perth.

The panel discussion on Modern Slavery gave AmCham Members and their guests the opportunity to learn about how they could be impacted by the new legislation and the best ways to combat any issues related to it.

During the panel discussion, the speakers discussed the practical application of the Slavery Law, its significance and the positive changes that can take place when included at a business and organisational level.

The participants who attended the event were provided with practical take-aways such as identifying the risks to one’s business or organisation and tools to help obtain supply chain clarity.

The Slavery Act creates a reporting requirement for large businesses and other entities carrying on business in Australia with a minimum annual consolidated revenue of $100 million to report publicly on the actions they have taken to address modern slavery risks in their operations and supply chains.The key objective of this act is to create a public reporting system which assists the business community in Australia to take proactive and effective action to address modern slavery.

The panel speakers for the event included: Dr Mark Andrich, Vice-Chair of the UNAAWA Environment Committee, Jenn Morris, CEO of Walk Free Foundation, and Fiona Lawrie, Sustainability Manager of Wesfarmers.

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