Millions of ‘slaves’ around the world still making stuff we buy today — Prepare For Change – August 13, 2019

Labourers work at a garment factory in Vietnam for brands such as Nike, Adidas, H&M, Gap, Zara, Armani and Lacoste © Reuters

by Edward Morgan

There were 40.3 million people living in conditions of slavery in 2018, mostly women, a recent report by the Walk Free Initiative shows. Researchers say slavery did not end with abolition in the 19th century but just changed form.
The initiative undertakes research to build the world’s most comprehensive evidence-base of modern slavery. While there isn’t an official legal definition of modern slavery, the UN describes it as the condition of people whose work “is performed involuntarily and under the menace of any penalty.” The organization and its member states committed to eliminating slavery by 2030, along with human trafficking, forced labor, and child labor.

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One step ahead of the law — Walk Free Foundation – December 7, 2018

As the news broke last week with the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act in Australia, Perth based law students and law firms are already one step ahead. Recognising the power of technology, web-based apps and risk assessment platforms have been developed to aid businesses and ensure reporting laws have impact. Students with APPtitude Professor…Read more

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MEDIA RELEASE: Religious Leaders Come Together in New Zealand to Eradicate Modern Slavery — Walk Free Foundation – November 9, 2018

9 November 2018 – HRH Queen Nanasipau’u of Tonga, together with senior church leaders from 17 Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand, have gathered in Auckland, New Zealand for the signing ceremony of the Joint Declaration Against Modern Slavery. The 1 November, 2018 event brought together faith leaders, heads of councils of churches and government representatives…..Read more

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Modern Slavery Bill Update — Walk Free Foundation – October 22, 2018

The Australian Parliament is considering the Modern Slavery Bill which will require large businesses operating in Australia to report on the risks of modern slavery in their supply chains, both domestically and internationally. The Bill is modelled on the UK Modern Slavery Act and will apply to all businesses with an annual turnover of more…Read more

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MEDIA RELEASE: Religious Leaders Unite in Colombia to Eradicate Modern Slavery — Walk Free Foundation – Aug 28, 2018

Medellín, COLOMBIA, 26 August 2018 – Latin American faith leaders have united to jointly declare their commitment to stand against modern slavery. The religious leaders were brought together at a historic event in Medellin, Colombia, organised by the Global Freedom Network, an initiative of the Walk Free Foundation, in collaboration with the Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano….Read more

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Tackling Modern Slavery in the Hotel Industry — November 9, 2017

By Isobel Archer, Shiva Foundation Following the implementation of legislation such as the UK Modern Slavery Act (2015) and California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (2010), modern slavery has come to the forefront of the minds of senior executives in business. With an ever increasing number of governments (Australia, Hong Kong, France, Netherlands) facing calls…Read more

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MEDIA RELEASE: Australia’s Modern Slavery Legislation Applauded — August 24, 2017

#EndSlaveryAUS Walk Free Foundation founder, Mr Andrew Forrest AO, today welcomed the announcement by the Australian Government to introduce an historic Modern Slavery Act for Australia. Mr Forrest said enacting this legislation would be a game-changer in the fight to end modern slavery, both here and overseas. “This is a tremendous decision and will be…Read more

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