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Report

New Zealand Govt. urged to make laws requiring companies to address child & forced labour in supply chains

"Risky GoodsNew Zealand Imports", 29 April 2021

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This report highlights New Zealand’s most risky goods, as well as how other countries are looking into supply chains and addressing imports linked to child labour and forced labour.

The New Zealand Government should make laws that require companies and the public sector to examine and disclose the origins of their products and then to take steps to address any child labour and forced labour identified in their supply chains. When this information is out in the open, Kiwis can make ethical purchasing decisions and be confident that they aren’t supporting modern slavery.

Recommendations

  1. The New Zealand Government should enact Modern Slavery legislation, requiring public and private entities to report on the risks of modern slavery in their businesses and supply chains, and what actions they are taking to address them.
  2. New Zealand should follow international best practice when designing a Modern Slavery legislation, such as considering human rights due diligence and banning imports linked to modern slavery.
  3. New Zealand companies should keep taking meaningful action to identify modern slavery and human rights risks in their operations and supply chains. And they should keep requesting that the New Zealand Government considers Modern Slavery legislation.
  4. New Zealand consumers should make ethical decisions about what we buy. We should ask for more information when goods are deemed “risky”, and keep speaking up about products being free from modern slavery.
  5. More research should be undertaken into New Zealand’s main imports linked to modern slavery.

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