Community & Sustainability

Commitment 8: Work towards eradicating modern slavery

What’s the issue?

Around the world, it’s estimated there’s currently a staggering 40 million people trapped in modern slavery. The Australian Department of Home Affairs defines modern slavery as situations where coercion, threats or deception is used to exploit people and undermine their freedom. Examples of common modern slavery practices today include:

  • Human trafficking
  • Forced labour
  • Debt bondage
  • Forced marriage
  • The worst forms of child labour

In today’s highly globalised world where supply chains are long and complex, modern slavery presents a serious issue that all businesses need to work together to unite against and eradicate.

What are we doing?

We’re committed to doing our part to eliminate modern slavery from our supply chains. We’re doing this by not only looking into our primary manufacturing sites, but also at materials and components that are at high risk of having modern slavery present in their procurement chain, such as precious metals in electronics. We then work with our suppliers to identify and remediate any instances of modern slavery that we uncover.

We’re also increasing our supply chain reporting and transparency so that all of our customers can see exactly how we’re addressing these issues.

The story so far

Since 2016, we’ve been releasing an annual modern slavery statement. This is now something that’s required of all large companies in Australia by law, and outlines what companies are doing to assess and address modern slavery risks in their supply chains and operations.

To date, we have mapped 30,000 of our products to the primary site of manufacturing and have over 500 suppliers involved in our ethical sourcing audit program.

Read more about our approach to responsible sourcing by clicking here

Learn more about another 2025 commitment

How are we going so far? Find out in our 2019-2020 report.