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Government urged to move fast on modern slavery law

Newsroom article published by Sam Sachdeva on 9 March 2021 copied in full below.The Government is being urged to move swiftly on plans to tackle modern slavery through a new law, as Covid-19 worsens fears about forced labour practices around the worldConsumers are increasingly conscious about the climate change impacts of the products they buy - but does that extend to whether something in your shopping cart is a product of forced labour?Some of the tinned tomatoes and disposable ...

March 11, 2021

ANZ Human Rights Review

Business and Human Rights Consultants is pleased to be part of the external multi-stakeholder working group for ANZ's human rights review. In 2020 ANZ committed to review and strengthen its human rights policies and processes. This work will include its business customer screening processes, revising ANZ’s human rights standards and developing a grievance mechanism for communities.This review is referenced in the Statement of the Parties regarding the Australian National Contact Poin...

November 16, 2020

New Centre for Research on Modern Slavery Established

Business and Human Rights Consultants is pleased to be an Advisory Member for the Centre for Research on Modern Slavery. See the press release here.Thursday, 10 September 2020, 4:03 pmPress Release: University of Auckland A new research centre has been established by the Department of Management and International Business at the University of Auckland Business School, to tackle the issues of modern slavery.Founded by international business scholars, Dr Brent Burmester, Professor Snejin...

October 26, 2020

Directors duties - modern slavery

New Zealand directors of company boards have specific responsibility for signing off modern slavery statements. It is estimated 500 NZ companies have to report to the Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act before March 2021.The New Zealand Institute of Directors asked me some key follow up questions to an article published in May 2020 regarding reporting requirements. 1. What are the responsibilities for New Zealand directors under the Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act? 2. What is the penalty for no...

August 6, 2020

UN World Day against Trafficking in Persons

30 July is the UN World Day against Trafficking in Persons. On this day, it's good to remind ourselves that human trafficking and slavery takes place in New Zealand supply chains and may be occurring much more than we currently know. The CNN freedom report interviewed myself and some colleagues about modern slavery in New Zealand. This was on the back of the first sentencing for human trafficking and slavery that took place this week involving Pacific persons in Napier's horticulture industry.&n...

July 30, 2020

Addressing worker exploitation in New Zealand

The New Zealand government showed renewed commitment to modern slavery today by announcing that NZD 50 million will be allocated over four years to address migrant exploitation.  A special visa category for exploited persons and easier ways for victims to report exploitation is a good start.  See some of the commitments below:1) Creating a new visa that will support migrants to leave exploitative situations without negatively affecting their immigration status.2) Setting up a new dedic...

July 27, 2020

Modern slavery in supply chains and COVID-19

This article was published in the Institute of Directors website on 21 May 2020COVID-19 has demonstrated that strong and robust supply chains are important, especially in times of economic uncertainty. During COVID-19, workers in supply chains have faced increased vulnerabilities, poverty and been more at risk of modern slavery with factory closures,  order cancellations and lost jobs. COVID-19 has put corporate social responsibility to the test! Companies have increased expectations from t...

May 21, 2020

Slavery conviction - New Zealand

In the middle of Covid-19 madness, a really important slavery and human trafficking conviction took place. It's important we take note of it, because there are far more prosecutions initiated than there are convictions in New Zealand. This case involved a Samoan national, Joseph Auga Matamata, known as Viliamu Samu. He was found guilty on 23 of 24 charges of dealing in slaves and human trafficking involving 13 victims. The victims were brought to Napier to work in New Zealand's ho...

March 19, 2020

POSTPONED - Accountability in NZ supply chains

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, this event is postponed. We will be in touch regarding a future date as soon as possible....

March 16, 2020

Accountability for Modern Slavery in New Zealand Supply Chains

Business and Human Rights Consultants is pleased to be sponsoring this event. If you are a NZ company that is unsure whether you need to report to the Australian Modern Slavery Act or want to know how to start assessing your supply chain from a human rights perspective, this seminar is for you.  Register here.Date: 23 March 2020 Time: 1pm – 3.30pm   Location: Main auditorium, Fonterra Centre, 109 Fanshawe St, Auckland. Please note entry to the event is from Gaunt Street. Details...

February 26, 2020

New Zealand Human Rights Commission - Business and Human Rights Work

This article summarises some of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission's Business and Human Rights work. Read the excerpt from the Danish Institute For Human Rights here. ...

December 2, 2019

Are Kiwis buying slave-picked tinned tomatoes?

Read the original article hereRebekah Armstrong was until recently advisory and research manager at the NZ Human Rights Commission and chair of the Human Trafficking Research Coalition. Now she's setting up a company to help New Zealand businesses check for forced labour, child labour, or worker exploitation in their supply chains. AUSTRALIA'S MODERN SLAVERY ACT The catalyst for Armstrong's new venture is Australia's Modern Slavery Act, which came into force in January this year. The act forces ...

October 2, 2019

What the Australian Modern Slavery Act will mean for big Kiwi businesses

Australia has a Modern Slavery Act. It comes into effect 1 January 2019 and places legal requirements on companies earning more than A$100 million ($104.7m) per annum to publicly report on modern slavery risks in their supply chains. The new Act is part of the global response to address the human rights issue of modern slavery. It will affect approximately 3000 Australian Businesses and 500+ New Zealand businesses carrying on business in Australia. It is an example of how businesses can contri...

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