Our commitment to respecting human rights

We are committed to respecting human rights and taking meaningful action to address the global human rights issue of modern slavery.

What is modern slavery?
Modern slavery is depriving a person of freedom for commercial gain, and it is a serious violation of an individual’s dignity and human rights. Exploitative practices, including human trafficking, slavery, servitude, forced labour, debt bondage and forced marriage, are all considered modern slavery and are serious crimes under Australian law.

It occurs in every country in the world, including Australia. It also exists across all sectors and organisations. The International Labour Organisation estimates there are more than 40 million people in modern slavery conditions worldwide, with up to 15,000 people estimated to be living in conditions of modern slavery in Australia.

Modern Slavery describes situations where offenders use coercion, threats, or deception to exploit victims and undermine their freedom. Modern slavery involves serious exploitation, not sub-standard working conditions or the underpayment of workers, although this may be unlawful for other reasons.

What are we doing?
In response to the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) we have established a strategic approach for addressing modern slavery and driving collaboration and compliance across the business and our suppliers.

Our 2022 Modern Slavery Statement  provides a detailed account of actions we have taken to identify and address modern slavery risks in our operations and supply chains over the past year. This was our first reporting period. 

The foundational steps taken to date have identified key risks areas across our supply chain and operations that we have prioritised risk-based due diligence and preventative action.

In the next reporting period, we intend to take several steps to assess our Modern Slavery risks and assess effectiveness of actions taken in its first reporting period.