On 16 August, the Australian Government proposed to introduce a piece of legislation to create a Modern Slavery in Supply Chains Reporting Requirement. This new law would stipulate large corporations and other entities operating in Australia to publish annual statements detailing their actions that address modern slavery in their operations and supply chains.
FTA is an active contributor in the discussion on modern slavery. Most recently, FTA has published a practical guide including a reporting template to help companies deal with the UK Modern Slavery Act and a comparison of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act. In addition, FTA also offers training courses on modern slavery and responsible recruitment for member companies and their producers.
Since 2013, FTA’s network has included members from Australia mostly in the import garments and general merchandise sectors. Over the past year, the association has witnessed a 50% growth of membership from Australia, with all companies opting for BSCI and several for BEPI as well.
FTA will continue to support the Australian business community in responding to modern slavery legislation and promote sustainable supply chains.
Next steps: A consultation on the Australian Government's proposed model is open until 20 October.
For more information, please consult the Australian government’s website.