Did you know law firms may also need to file modern slavery reports, on steps they are taking to address risks within professional legal services supply chains? One step ahead of the law being announced, in November Norton Rose Fulbright launched a new platform designed to assess potential modern slavery and other human rights risk… Read more »
As the news broke last week with the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act in Australia, Perth based law students and law firms are already one step ahead. Recognising the power of technology, web-based apps and risk assessment platforms have been developed to aid businesses and ensure reporting laws have impact. Students with APPtitude Professor… Read more »
Slavery as it occurred during the times of the US Civil War and in the aftermath of the Mahdi rebellion in Sudan in the 1880s seemed to have been largely banished, however, slavery has become very topical again in recent years. For example, Boko Haram, and the group calling themselves ‘Islamic State’ openly propagate slavery… Read more »
The Australian Act is only the second piece of national legislation to directly hold companies accountable for modern slavery risks, both domestically and internationally. It improves on the landmark UK 2015 Act by: introducing mandated content for company reporting; a publicly funded central repository for filing of annual statements; in a world first, requiring all… Read more »
The Modern Slavery Bill is now an Act of the Australian Parliament. 29 November 2018 — Walk Free Foundation Founder, Andrew Forrest AO, today commended the momentous passing of Australia’s first federal Modern Slavery Act, a major step towards stamping out slavery in Australian company supply chains. Under the new laws, large businesses operating in… Read more »
9 November 2018 – HRH Queen Nanasipau’u of Tonga, together with senior church leaders from 17 Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand, have gathered in Auckland, New Zealand for the signing ceremony of the Joint Declaration Against Modern Slavery. The 1 November, 2018 event brought together faith leaders, heads of councils of churches and government representatives… Read more »
The Australian Parliament is considering the Modern Slavery Bill which will require large businesses operating in Australia to report on the risks of modern slavery in their supply chains, both domestically and internationally. The Bill is modelled on the UK Modern Slavery Act and will apply to all businesses with an annual turnover of more… Read more »
AUTHOR: ELISE MILROY, WALK FREE INTERN FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA Hong Kong is one of the few countries where human trafficking is still not criminalised. One man known as “Zn”, is courageously taking on the Hong Kong authorities, attempting to change these laws.
Author: ELISE MILROY, WALK FREE INTERN FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA The recent appointment of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is heralding a new era of peace in the Horn of Africa. The previous Prime Minister stepped down in February after months of deadly riots and demonstrations protesting human rights abuses. Within just a short space of… Read more »
Walk Free calls for G20 action plan on modern slavery in global supply chains MENDOZA, ARGENTINA, 5 September 2018 — G20 member states must form concrete action plans to eradicate modern slavery, according to a new Walk Free Foundation report.
JENN MORRIS – CEO OF THE WALK FREE FOUNDATION Stretch targets, by nature, are designed to spur action. One hugely critical target, however, is at risk of passing by unmet. This target is the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 8.7, a global goal which calls for effective measures to end forced labour, human trafficking and… Read more »
Medellín, COLOMBIA, 26 August 2018 – Latin American faith leaders have united to jointly declare their commitment to stand against modern slavery. The religious leaders were brought together at a historic event in Medellin, Colombia, organised by the Global Freedom Network, an initiative of the Walk Free Foundation, in collaboration with the Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano… Read more »
BALI, INDONESIA, 7 August 2018 – A three-pronged strategy to eradicate modern slavery has been endorsed today by influential business leaders and government ministers representing 40 countries in the Asia Pacific region.
BALI (INDONESIA)/ALEXANDRIA (USA), Aug. 7, 2018 – The Bali Process Government and Business Forum (Bali Process) Secretariat (Walk Free Foundation) and the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today to collaborate on anti-slavery efforts through the Bali Process.
The Australian Government’s commitment to support an Australian Modern Slavery Act with a new, well-funded unit is clear progress towards the Act’s effective implementation, Walk Free Foundation chief executive Jenn Morris said.
The Walk Free Foundation, chaired by Australian philanthropic leader Andrew Forrest AO, will today call on all Commonwealth nations to enforce 10 measures that will end modern slavery by 2030.
By Dana Throssell Momentum is growing in Perth as a growing number of businesses are proactively seeking opportunities to work together to address risks of modern slavery.
Walk Free Foundation Founder, Mr Andrew Forrest AO, today welcomed the final report by the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia, a major step towards stamping out modern slavery in Australia and protecting the most vulnerable and marginalised in Australian society.
By Hannah Jeffery As of 2017, every habitable continent in the world houses murals or public art installations dedicated to raising awareness of contemporary slavery. Texturing the streets of Bluefields in Nicaragua, Miami in the United States, New Delhi in India, Freetown in Sierra Leone, and Buenos Aires in Argentina, for example, are contemporary antislavery… Read more »
Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 16th, 2017 – For the first time in the Americas, Global Freedom Network has brought together religious leaders of the Christian Catholic and Orthodox, as well as Hindu, Evangelical, Jewish, Sikh, Anglican and Muslim faiths who have jointly declared their commitment to stand united against modern slavery.
Once ratified, the Forced Labour Protocol will require the Australian Government to take important steps including: Ensure that all laws relevant to forced labour, including labour laws but also victim support and compensation laws, apply to all workers and all sectors of the economy in Australia. Protecting migrant workers in Australia from abuse and fraud… Read more »
By Isobel Archer, Shiva Foundation Following the implementation of legislation such as the UK Modern Slavery Act (2015) and California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (2010), modern slavery has come to the forefront of the minds of senior executives in business. With an ever increasing number of governments (Australia, Hong Kong, France, Netherlands) facing calls… Read more »
By Professor Todd Landman There are 40.3 million people enslaved around the world today, a shocking figure that, in recent times, has given birth to a renewed global commitment to end modern slavery. Ending slavery by 2030 is now a key Sustainable Development Goal targets and slavery is a focus for the UK government.
The Walk Free Foundation welcomes the NSW Parliamentary Committee Report on Human Trafficking as an important contribution to improving Australia’s efforts to stamp out the human rights scourge of modern slavery. Walk Free Foundation Chairman and founder, Mr Andrew Forrest AO, says “the report highlights the role that not only government but business and the… Read more »
By Andrea Nicholson Slave narratives have long been a valuable tool in abolitionism; the pamphlets, papers, art, lectures and writings by abolitionists, slaves and amanuenses during the 19thcentury were central to galvanising the abolitionist movement and effecting change. These collections continue to inform our perspectives of slavery today, with historic narratives providing a basis upon… Read more »
By Davina P. Durgana, PhD Over the past year, the Walk Free Foundation Global Slavery Index and CHANCE, a journal of the American Statistical Association (ASA), have collaborated closely to develop a Special Issue on Modern Slavery. Global Slavery Index Executive Director of Global Research Fiona David, Senior Research Manager Jacqueline Joudo Larsen, and Senior… Read more »
New York, 19 September 2017 – New research developed jointly by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has revealed the true scale of modern slavery around the world. The data, released during the United Nations General Assembly, shows that more than 40… Read more »
Today, in a world first, business leaders from across the Indo Pacific region, made an unprecedented commitment to vigorously support the implementation of strong common laws to stamp out the hideous human rights travesty that is modern slavery.
Building ethical supply chains in Asia – how we can fight modern slavery and human trafficking
By Olivia Hicks How can you tackle something that pervades the supply chains of our governments, businesses and daily products?
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
#EndSlaveryAUS 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… Read more »
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.
By Katharine Bryant I first started working in the anti- slavery space on a counter trafficking programme in Timor-Leste. We were implementing a programme that looked very similar to counter trafficking programming around the world , which included providing technical advice to the government to develop counter trafficking legislation and a national action plan, support… Read more »
By Professor Zoe Trodd Almost 46 million people are enslaved around the world today. But we’re in the middle of history’s fourth great antislavery movement. We have a global commitment to ending slavery by 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals, and a deep commitment from the UK government, in the new Modern Slavery… Read more »
The drive for an Australian Modern Slavery Act received a tremendous boost with the recent visit of Kevin Hyland, the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, to Australia.
Working on the Walk Free Foundation’s government response database is a fascinating, thought-provoking, and troubling experience. As a researcher going from knowing relatively little about the global situation of modern day slavery to spending several months conducting detailed research into the topic, I was exposed to just how extensive this global problem is, and how… Read more »
By Stella Freitag Last week, we had the pleasure of having Professor Daniel Pauly of the University of British Columbia, one of the world-leading marine biology experts, present to Walkfree Foundation as part of a visit to the University of Western Australia where an Indian Ocean node of his Sea Around Us project is being… Read more »
Transcript of the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner speech to the Lowy Institute on 31 May 2017, Sydney Australia.
Walk Free Foundation founder, Andrew Forrest AO, today welcomed the commitment of the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Bill Shorten and the Australian Labor Party to support Modern Slavery Legislation for Australia.
By Bethany Jackson and Dr. Jessica Wardlaw Modern slavery remains a pressing human rights issue, with the latest Global Slavery Index (2016) estimating that 45.8 million people are currently enslaved globally. India alone accounts for over 18 million affected individuals, in industries ranging from domestic work and construction to agriculture and quarrying. Efforts to eradicate… Read more »
The visit to Australia of Kevin Hyland the UK Independent Modern Slavery Commissioner in late May will be a powerful support to the case for Australia to introduce its own modern slavery legislation.
Supply chains that compete solely on price with little opportunity to differentiate from the competition or to compete on value-added propositions, are almost naturally drawn towards modern slavery and other unethical labour practices. This is particularly the case for industries where low skill labour is a key resource and in places where automation cannot economically… Read more »
Alongside our work on the joint estimate to end modern slavery, the Walk Free Foundation research team are busy collecting data for the 2018 Global Slavery Index. More specifically, we are updating our assessment of government responses.
By Davina P. Durgana, PhD and Diana Sheedy The Intercollegiate Coalition Against Modern Slavery (ICAMS) convened a powerful event at Harvard Kennedy School that brought together leaders in the anti-slavery field and engaged student leaders committing to working on this issue, including survivors, students, and practitioners from diverse backgrounds.
By Professor Kevin Bales, CMG We all want to end slavery, but how? We all want to support freed slaves, but how? Sooner or later everyone in the world of human rights, anti-trafficking, and anti-slavery asks these questions. These questions spring up whenever we wrestle with the tough challenges of liberation and reintegration. Around the… Read more »
The filing deadline for the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry on Modern Slavery is less than 3 weeks away with submissions to be filed by 28 April (international organisations have until 19 May). With Easter around the corner, there is not much time left.
We have been watching, with great concern the situation unfolding in Kuwait of the abhorrent abuse of human rights that has occurred against an Ethiopian domestic worker.
The Walk Free Foundation today welcomed the Business Council of Australia’s statement of support for the adoption of Australian legislation to combat modern slavery.
By Dr. Alison Gardner In July 2016, UK Prime Minister Theresa May promised to ‘flex the muscle of all parts of the UK Government’ in eradicating modern slavery. Yet whilst her government seeks to ‘get a real grip’ on policy at a national level, there has been minimal focus in the UK on the potential… Read more »
By Shaeron Yapp In 2017 the Australian Government will be considering whether we need to introduce a “Modern Slavery Act”. The recently announced Federal Inquiry provides an invaluable opportunity for consultation between the Government, businesses and civil society to determine what reform is needed here in Australia.
Joint research by the International Labour Organization and the Walk Free Foundation will provide critical data for measuring progress on achieving Target 8.7 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
KOMPAS – Wakil Presiden Jusuf Kalla mengatakan, sejumlah kebijakan yang dikeluarkan pemerintah belum berhasil mereduksi praktik perbudakan di masyarakat.
WARTA KOTA – Artis sekaligus penyanyi muda Maudy Ayunda menerima tantangan mengisi hari-harinya untuk beraktivitas menjadi duta untuk membawa pesan kepada generasi muda melawan perbudakan modern.
TRIBUNNEWS.COM – Wakil Presiden Jusuf Kalla sepakat dengan gerakan tokoh agama yang menginginkan penghapusan perbudakan modern.
CNN – Wakil Presiden Jusuf Kalla turut hadir dalam acara penandatanganan deklarasi memberantas perbudakan modern yang digagas oleh Global Freedom Network dan Universitas Paramadina. Dalam acara tersebut JK membeberkan bentuk-bentuk perbudakan modern di zaman sekarang.
Tabloid Jubi – Wakil Presiden Jusuf Kalla menyaksikan secara langsung penandatanganan deklarasi pemberantasan perbudakan modern oleh para pemuka agama di Indonesia.
Antaranews – Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla has lauded and expressed support to the measures adopted by religious leaders who are committed to eradicating modern-day slavery by signing an agreement at the Vice Presidential offices in Jakarta, Tuesday.
JAKARTA GLOBE – Indonesian religious leaders call for an end to slavery in a declaration signed in Jakarta on Tuesday. The gesture is part of a global movement against the human trafficking and forced labor.
This morning, seven religious leaders who represent all religions constitutionally admitted in Indonesia; Islam, Christianity, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism gathered and expressed their commitment to stand united against modern slavery in an event hosted by the Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, at the Vice Presidential Palace, Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta.
By Shaeron Yapp “I want to make a difference to end child slavery all around the world – Emily, Age 12” was just one of inspiring pledges written by Year 7 students at the Thrive Event on 8 March 2017.
By Katharine Bryant The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #BeBoldForChange. And the need to be bold could not be more timely.
In this submission presented to the NSW Select Committee Inquiry into Human Trafficking, the Walk Free Foundation presents the case as to why Australia needs as a priority a “Modern Slavery Act”
The Walk Free Foundation is delighted with today’s Australian Government announcement of an inquiry into the adoption of national legislation to combat modern slavery.
By Professor Kevin Bales CMG Every great change begins with an idea and a start-up, whether it is the transformation of the world through computer technology, or the beginning of the end of slavery. All start-ups evolve in a challenging environment, and in time those that survive and prosper tend to join together – maximising… Read more »
WalkFree.org was launched in 2012 as a global community with a shared vision of a world free from modern slavery. Andrew and Nicola Forrest founded WalkFree.org with their daughter Grace, after her volunteer work exposed them to the reality of modern slavery. The Movement as it is fondly known to us, was the first initiative… Read more »
Migration was a key political challenge for Europe in 2016, and has risen to become the current issue on the global agenda, following President Trump’s Executive Order, banning entry to the US for nationals of 7 countries, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.
By Katharine Bryant Last Thursday, I had the honour of participating in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference on Human Rights and the Rule of Law.
This article originally appeared in Herald Sun. HIS Order of Australia citation recognises his “distinguished service to the mining sector, to the development of employment and business opportunities, as a supporter of sustainable foreign investment, and to philanthropy”.
This article originally appeared in the Australian Financial Review. Mining billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest says every Australian can help stop insidious global slavery by doing something as simple as stopping to ask the check out operator about your produce before you buy it.
This article originally appeared on Huffington Post. On this Australia Day, anti-slavery campaigner Andrew Forrest is one of seven incredible candidates for the prestigious honour of Australian of the Year. While Mr. Forrest’s personal efforts to root out slavery in his own company’s supply chains have drawn much needed attention to the issue, the perception… Read more »
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A powerful new partnership to super-charge global research on modern slavery and human trafficking has been announced by the University of Nottingham and the Walk Free Foundation.
This article originally appeared on Huffington Post. By Fiona David and Dr Eleanor Tighe The failures of the UN Security Council remain a very real challenge for us today. In a world gone mad – children buried under rubble in Aleppo, war crimes being undertaken on all sides in the battle for Mosul – it… Read more »
By Katharine Bryant In recent news, the Qatari government has made the announcement that it has abolished Kafala, the exploitative labour system used throughout the Middle East. It effectively ties employees to their employers without the opportunity to change jobs or leave the country without their employer’s permission. Those who do not seek permission can… Read more »
This article originally appeared in Huffington Post. By Andrew Forrest This is the challenge of fighting modern slavery in Australia, where it is not common, and where our daily lives don’t intersect with the horrors that fellow human beings are experiencing in other countries.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE In January 2015, the Chairman of the Walk Free Foundation, Andrew Forrest and the Director General of the International Organization for Migration, William Lacy Swing, signed an Memorandum of Understanding committing the two organisations to working together against modern slavery.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE As today is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, it is timely that UNODC and Walk Free Foundation announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that will enable the organizations to work together to estimate the number of victims of human trafficking in an initial four countries.
This article originally appeared on ABC News. More than 45 million people are living as modern slaves around the world, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index, with two-thirds reported in the Asia-Pacific region.
This article originally appeared on NDTV. India has the dubious distinction of having the highest number of people in the world trapped in modern slavery with 18.35 million victims of forced labour, ranging from prostitution and begging, according to a new report, which estimated that nearly 46 million people are enslaved globally.
This article originally appeared on Bloomberg. Nearly 46 million people across the globe are living in modern slavery, a system of exploitation that governments and businesses must do more to end, according to the Walk Free Foundation.
This article originally appeared on Gulf News. A report by the Walk Free Foundation placed the country behind only North Korea, Uzbekistan, Cambodia and India for slavery prevalence.
This article originally appeared on Reuters. LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Almost 46 million people are living as slaves globally with the greatest number in India but the highest prevalence in North Korea, according to the third Global Slavery Index launched on Tuesday with Australian actor Russell Crowe.
This article originally appeared in Japan Times. Almost 46 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery, two-thirds of them in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a study released Tuesday.
This article originally appeared on Hong Kong Free Press. More than 45 million men, women and children globally are trapped in modern slavery, far more than previously thought, with two-thirds in the Asia-Pacific region, a study showed Tuesday.
This article originally appeared on CNN. Mauritania, the West African country long thought to be home to the world’s highest percentage of enslaved people, no longer holds that lamentable title, according to a report released late Monday.
This article originally appeared on Al Jazeera. Sixty percent of countries at high risk of using slaves, with 46 million people worldwide engaged in forced labour.
This article originally appeared on Jetzt. Der “Global Slavery Index 2016” berichtet über moderne Formen der Sklaverei. Finanziert wird er vom australischen Milliardär Andrew Forrest, der einen Großteil seines Vermögens mit Bergbauunternehmen verdient hat. Ein Gespräch.
This article originally appeared on Huffington Post. Across the globe an estimated 45.8 million people are trapped in modern slavery. Nearly 46 million men, women and children across 167 countries are subject to some form of modern-day slavery, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index (GSI).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE An estimated 45.8 million men, women and children around the world are today trapped in modern slavery – 28% more than previously estimated. They are enslaved through human trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage, forced or servile marriage or commercial sexual exploitation. This is revealed in the 2016 Global Slavery Index, the flagship… Read more »