We’d like to think slavery has been consigned to history, but sadly, that’s far from true. According to Anti-Slavery International, it is estimated that 40 million people are trapped in modern slavery today. According to the Global Slavery Index, there is a surprisingly high rate of slavery in developed countries: an estimated one in 800 people in the US, for example, and 10,000 people in the UK, though the real number is probably much higher. Another possibly surprising fact is that roughly 90% of slaves are victimised by private enterprise, and that may be because it seems profitable: $150 billion is generated from the forced labor industry every year.
Being an enabler of modern slavery is not only terrible on an ethical level; it can also cause severe reputational and financial damage on an organisational level. But by knowing what to look out for, asking the right questions, and knowing how to respond, you and your organisation can take an active part in helping abolish modern slavery.
Modern Slavery Global
VinciWorks’ new 20 minute course, Modern Slavery Global, teaches employees about modern slavery and explains how they can identify signs of slavery in the supply chain. The course can easily be customised to include the requirements of the Australian Modern Slavery Act.
- Provides background on the scope of the issue
- Reviews the legal requirements under different modern slavery acts
- Provides examples of red flags
- Explains the organisation’s internal reporting procedures
- Includes a section on COVID-19 and Modern Slavery
- Engaging, with a fully mobile-friendly layout
- Fully customisable to include internal procedures
- Can be customised to satisfy the legal requirements of different modern slavery acts, such as UK and Australia
- Includes interactive elements and multimedia
- Includes a learning assessment at the end to test users’ understanding
Legal experts recommend that the training should be mandatory for procurement, recruiting and other staff involved in the supply chain. Other employees should be made aware of the training, but it can be optional.
The course is appropriate for organisations of all types and sizes. It will help them comply with their legal obligations and to identify and end instances of slavery in their supply chain.
What is the Australian Modern Slavery Act?
The Global Slavery Index estimates that on any given day, there are 15,000 people living in conditions of modern slavery in Australia – a shocking number in a modern, developed country like Australia.
The Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW) (NSW Act) requires all entities that carry out business in Australia with a minimum annual revenue of 100 million AUD to annually report to an online central register on the risk of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains. The Act is already in force and reporting requirements differ depending on each company’s annual financial reporting period. Effective training will help businesses train their staff on red flags and the legal requirements under The Act.
Integrate your modern slavery training with our reporting solution
The course can be integrated with our best-practice reporting solution that allows businesses to collect all necessary data from their suppliers, easily flag high-risk countries and take any action required to reduce the risk of slavery in the supply chain, in four simple steps:
- Record: Send your suppliers the centralised form and set automatic reminders to complete the form.
- Analyse: Get a full view of any risks in your supply chain via the dashboard.
- Manage: Flag any questionnaire responses that require further action and decide on any remedial action.
- Mitigate: Apply measures to solve issues in the supply chain and prevent issues in the future.
To learn more or book a demo of our reporting and training solution, complete the short form below.