During February, Christian Ewert, amfori President, visited and toured Australia. While there he met with members and stakeholders such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, the Australian Human Rights Commission, the National Online Retailers Association and NSW Farmers.
He started in Sydney, where members were updated on amfori’s activities and local capacity building workshops were announced.
Following on from this, Christian headed to Canberra for a series of stakeholder and government meetings to address issues such as mandatory human rights due diligence, the Australian Modern Slavery Act and the EU-AU Free Trade Agreement.
The Australian Modern Slavery Act, Trade and Human Right Due Diligence
The Act calls upon businesses trading in Australia with a combined turnover of $100 million or greater to report on the risks of modern slavery within their supply chains. These risks are something that amfori addresses through our amfori BSCI platform and is a key part of our strategic priorities. Our recent position paper on human rights due diligence confirms our commitment to applying thorough due diligence within the supply chain in order to eliminate any human rights issues.
Christian’s visit has enhanced amfori’s standing within Australia in the area of human rights protection and as a source of monitoring and remediation. His meetings have strengthened ties with government and developed a collaborative relationship with the Australian Border Force in developing efforts to address modern slavery within supply chains.
Sustainable Winegrowing in South Australia
Next was a visit to South Australia to meet with Sustainable Winegrowing Australia (SWA) to discuss amfori’s Sustainable Wine Programme. SWA impressed with their existing research and innovative work in the area of sustainable wine growing. Most importantly, Christian got the opportunity to sample some of the local wine varieties.
Lastly, Christian ended his tour in Melbourne where he engaged with amfori members and welcomed new additions. He also met with Jason Wood MP to discuss the Australian Modern Slavery Act in detail and how the amfori BSCI platform and Academy are effectively tackling the challenges within the supply chain. Overall, the discussions were positive, with Christian stating, “We see eye to eye on many topics.” amfori is looking forward to working closely with Mr Wood’s office and the Australian Border Force.