Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade for the Inquiry into Establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia

Thursday, 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.

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