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To: The House of Representatives
Take Action against Modern Slavery
Trade Aid and World Vision respectfully request:
That the House of Representatives, as a matter of urgency, enacts Modern Slavery legislation that requires public and private entities to report on the risks of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains, and on the actions they are taking to address those risks.
Why is this important?
40 million people globally are in modern slavery. Unlike many other countries, New Zealand has no legislation that requires companies to undertake due diligence looking into the risks of modern slavery within their supply chains and taking actions to address those risks.
Modern Slavery legislation is a key way for New Zealand companies to work together to eliminate modern slavery in private and public sector supply chains.
WHAT IS MODERN SLAVERY?
Modern slavery is the severe exploitation of other people for personal or commercial gain. Modern slavery is in the clothes you wear, the coffee you drink and the goods you love.
WHY DO WE NEED A MODERN SLAVERY ACT?
40 million people globally are in modern slavery. There are more people in slavery now than in any other time in history.
The world is small and interconnected. Every time we purchase a product there is a chain reaction felt around the world. No country or industry is unaffected.
Unlike many other countries, New Zealand has no accountability legislation that addresses transparency in supply chains. This means that New Zealand companies could unknowingly be importing products or services by which people are exploited and enslaved.
WHAT WOULD A MODERN SLAVERY ACT DO?
Modern Slavery Acts make it easier for a consumer to expect slavery-free products and services from companies. They help prevent slavery through transparency and accountability. They require businesses to understand the risks of modern slavery in their purchasing, to report on those risks and take action to address them. They give the business community guidance and a level playing field.
For further information, resources and to get involved check out our campaign website - https://www.signforfreedom.nz/
How it will be delivered
We will be delivering the petition in Wellington on the 1st of June. Stay tuned for more details.