The Australia Modern Slavery Act (2018) requires public disclosure of the steps businesses are taking to address and mitigate risk of modern slavery throughout their operations and supply chains. Applying to businesses with a consolidated annual turnover of over AUS$100 million, an estimated 3000 businesses will be required to report.
We support organisations to meet their legal compliance obligations and develop best practice procedures in navigating modern slavery risks. We do this by providing training and resources to better understand the challenges of modern slavery facing companies and workers. We also offer bespoke services such as policy reviews and gap analyses to help businesses benchmark their current practices and implement improvements.
Guides and resources
Australia Modern Slavery Act: FAQs provides a useful overview for businesses. The guide outlines the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act including who should report, the meaning of reporting and the mandatory content of statements. It sets out the key steps organisations should take to ensure they are compliant.
Ardea International recently published a modern slavery reporting guide for companies during the Covid-19 pandemic. The guide draws upon UK and Australian government guidance for companies to ensure that they do not fall foul of transparency obligations. It can also be used to monitor an organisation’s ongoing processes to identify and mitigate the risk of modern slavery resulting from the pandemic.
We can provide a review of existing policies and modern slavery statements to assess compliance with the requirements of the Australian Modern Slavery Act. Furthermore, we have expertise in reviewing supplier contracts and codes of conduct to incorporate modern slavery requirements.
Preparing a modern slavery statement
For organisations publishing a modern slavery statement for the first time, Ardea International can assist in producing one in line with legal requirements. Click here for more information.
Assessing company policies and practice against the requirements of the Australian Modern Slavery Act and international best practice. This will help to determine whether your business is addressing the risk of modern slavery or forced labour sufficiently through its policies and process. Click here for more information.
Supply chain due diligence
Develop supply chain due diligence systems together with appropriate auditing and monitoring. This can include development of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure the effectiveness of an anti-slavery measures. Click here for more information.
Training and capacity building
Our IEMA accredited END Slavery training and support programme is designed to de-risk your supply chain from modern slavery, in order to achieve legal compliance and best practice. Comprehensive reading materials and weekly classroom sessions can be used to identify and address challenges relevant to your business.
We also provide introductory e-learning courses on combating modern slavery in businesses and supply chains. Click here for more information on our training.