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17 Mar 2021

Author:
Walk Free, trade aid, World Vision

Open letter to the New Zealand Government to commence an inquiry into a Modern Slavery Act for the country

We call on the New Zealand government to commence a government inquiry into a Modern Slavery Act for New Zealand business and public sector supply chains.

Walk Free’s 2018 Global Slavery Index estimates that 40.3 million people are living in conditions of modern slavery, a crime from which no country is immune. In a globalised world where we have complex and diverse supply chains, combined with a lack of transparency and weak enforcement protections, modern slavery has been able to thrive. In fact, modern slavery can be found within almost every sector, region, and industry. The economic and social consequences associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have and will continue to further exacerbate the risk of modern slavery for vulnerable workers globally. As part of our COVID-19 recovery, we need to set standards that benefit all stakeholders across the supply chain.

Numerous governments around the world have already introduced legislative changes to address modern slavery, however, these countries cannot solve modern slavery on their own. Like-minded countries such as New Zealand – countries that prioritise ethics and sustainability – must similarly show leadership and act to end modern slavery.

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Numerous governments around the world have already introduced legislative changes to address modern slavery, however, these countries cannot solve modern slavery on their own. Like-minded countries such as New Zealand – countries that prioritise ethics and sustainability – must similarly show leadership and act to end modern slavery.

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[Signatories: 27 seconds, Akina, All Good, AS colour, Barkers, Bennetto, BraveGen, Bunnings, C1 Espresso, Celcius Coffee, Centre of Balance, Christian World Service, Coca-Cola Amatil NZ, Coffee Love, CoGo, Commonsense Organics, Connective Impact, Contact Energy, Cosmic, Countdown, Crave, Datacom, Duffle & Co, East, Ecology and Co, Espresso Workshop, Ethically Kate, EY, Fair and Good, Fifty Eight, Fix and Fogg, Foodstuffs North Island, Foodstuffs South Island, Fwd, Good Fortune Coffee, Grant Thornton, Harbour Coop, Icebreaker, Inca Fe, Kate Sylvester, Kathmandu, Kind Cafe, Kōkako, Kowtow, KPMG, L’affare, Lijē, Little Beauties, Macpac, Max Fashions, Meridian, Milford Asset Management, Mindful Fashion, Moss, Noel Leemings, Nuralite, Nutrizone, NZ Green Building Council, NZ King Salmon, NZ Safety Blackwoods, NZ Steel, NZ Windfarms, Peoples Coffee, Postie, Prima Roastery, PWC, Raise Communications, Reca, Recreate, RM William, Ruby, Sudima Hotels, Suncorp, The Warehouse, Thunderpants, Torpedo 7, Trade Aid, Unravelled, Vices and Virtues, Warehouse Stationery, We-ar Righteous, Wellington Chocolate Factory, Westpac, Workwear Group, and Xero]

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