Understanding the intersection of climate risk and adverse human rights impacts is business critical for investors.
Managing risk to people is a constant and evolving task. It requires a business to apply the same model of continuous improvement that it might to any other risk – plan, do, check, act.
With the introduction of modern slavery legislation in Australia, the responsibility of boards just stepped into another complex area.3
As of 1 January 2019 the clock started for business with directors accountable for annual public modern slavery statements that describe how the business is identifying and managing modern slavery risks
This week in Davos the World Economic Forum is asking itself – what are the most effective levers to put an end to modern slavery? A nuanced, multi-layered response is required.
Even so, human rights violations continue and we now expect more of business, increasingly calling for greater accountability for non-financial risks.
The Modern Slavery Bill is important because it marks one further step towards the introduction of legislation which will require companies to annually report on how they are addressing the risk of modern slavery in their operations and supply chain.
Last week the new Global Slavery Index (GSI) figures were released. It would be easy to feel complacent from our Australian vantage point, however, the raw figures should give us all pause.
Thousands of companies in Australia are going to have to consider how they manage the risk of modern slavery in their businesses after Minister Hawke introduced the Modern Slavery Bill 2018 to the floor of the Federal Parliament today.1