We just love this proactive support of Australia’s Modern Slavery Act. It takes leadership and heart to see a law rolled out beyond a piece of paper. Thank you Walk Free and WA Government for taking a strong leadership on this issue.
Modern Slavery Act Enforced by New WA Government.
“Companies that fail to meet their obligations under the Australian Modern Slavery Act (MSA) will be barred from access to the WA government’s $27 billion procurement contracts on goods, services, and public works.
Under the new WA government regime, companies will be debarred from government work for up to two years, if they have failed to comply with modern slavery reporting requirements in the last three years.”
” Most current state and federal government procurement policies are well-intended, but don’t enforce ethical and sustainability objectives. The new WA legislation will be a powerful exemplar to other Australian governments.
Where a supplier has committed more serious offences (including conviction or imposed civil penalties) businesses can be debarred for up to five years. These offences include serious contraventions of the Fair Work Act and occupational health and safety laws.
Walk Free has approached the WA government to specifically include modern slavery provisions in this aspect of the debarment regime. Public comment is open until July 27th. ”
Find out more and read the full article here.
Australia’s Modern Slavery Act
The Act requires entities based, or operating, in Australia, which have an annual consolidated revenue of more than $100 million, to report annually on the risks of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains, and actions to address those risks. Read more about it here.
At The Freedom Hub we run training for all businesses large or small in
- how to be an ethical business
- weaving human rights throughout your company culture and
- checking your supply chains and services for the risk of slavery.
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