Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade for the Inquiry into Establishing a Modern Slavery Act in AustraliaThursday, June 22nd, 2017
CORE and partner ICAR, the US coalition of human rights groups working on corporate accountability, have submitted a response to the Australian Government regarding its proposals to establish a Modern Slavery Act.
The joint submission urges the Australian Government to draw on UK modern slavery legislation, and to promote ethical corporate practice by:
- Requiring companies to publish annual modern slavery statements;
- Ensuring that the reporting requirement covers a company’s full operations including supply chains;
- Requiring high-level approval of modern slavery statements and publication on companies’ homepages;
- Producing Government guidance on companies’ reporting responsibilities.