• Hannah Phillips

Australian Government & Businesses Combating Modern Slavery

In a joint release Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said they’re working closer together through the Bali Process to end human trafficking and modern slavery.

According to the International Labour Organisation, 62 per cent of the 40 million victims of modern slavery reside in the Indo-Pacific region.

They said “governments play the key role in establishing clear policies and legislations to eradicate these practices, but cannot achieve this alone – the role of business is critical”.

At the seventh Bali Process Ministerial Conference, business leaders of the Government and Business Forum presented a set of recommendations for closer collaboration to end modern slavery, which were welcomed by all 25 ministers.

The recommendations are built around three pillars: Acknowledge, Act, and Advance (AAA).

They outline practical steps to raise awareness of modern slavery, strengthen policies and legislation, and implement ethical business practices.

The business initiatives are co-chaired by Andrew Forrest AO, Chairman of Fortescue Metals Group and founder of the Walk Free Foundation, and Eddy Sariaatmadja, founder and Chairman of the Emtek Group.

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