More than 45 million people are held in some form of slavery throughout the world. Modern slavery is a complex and often hidden crime that crosses borders, sectors and jurisdictions. It impacts on all of us, from the food we consume and the goods we purchase. And it is our responsibility to tackle this crime.
The Walk Free Foundation works to provide an integrated strategy to respond to this scourge against humanity. We believe that a strong multi-faceted approach through a combination of direct implementation, grassroots community engagement and working in partnership with faiths, businesses, academics, NGOs and governments around the world, is needed to end modern slavery. This includes building a robust knowledge base to inform action, driving legislative change in key countries and harnessing the power of businesses and faiths.
The Foundation was launched by Andrew and Nicola Forrest in 2012 and encompasses their vision to end modern slavery globally. Seed funded by the Forrests’ Minderoo Foundation, it provides the information and capabilities required for countries to defeat slavery in their jurisdictions.
By Zunaira Khan
Do you support modern slavery? This is not a difficult question, one which most companies and individuals would answer with a resounding no. It is far more difficult to deny that modern slavery is happening all over the world. Almost 46 million people around the world are living in some form of modern slavery.
The Walk Free Foundation today welcomed the Interim Report by the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade’s inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia.
The Committee’s Report was tabled in Parliament and demonstrates strong support for a comprehensive Modern Slavery Act.
“The Committee has seized the importance of this issue and has shown the way forward for a strong Australian response,” said Walk Free Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Ms Jenn Morris.
Walk Free Foundation founder, Mr Andrew Forrest AO, today welcomed the announcement by the Australian Government to introduce an historic Modern Slavery Act for Australia.
Mr Forrest said enacting this legislation would be a game-changer in the fight to end modern slavery, both here and overseas.
“This is a tremendous decision and will be a major blow against slavery in the Asian region,” he said. “The Australian Government is to be congratulated for its leadership in introducing this measure. There is bi-partisan support for the legislation, so the Government can move quickly to have it passed.”