The Australian Commonwealth Government introduced the Modern Slavery Act (2018), which requires relevant organisations to identify and respond to the risks of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains.
Our first Modern Slavery Round Table was held in June 2019 and was well attended with representatives from Telstra, Optus, TPG Telecom (formerly Vodafone Australia), Vocus Group, Aussie Broadband and Amaysim.
Members recognised the need to drive both operational and cultural change to reduce the instances of modern slavery throughout the telco supply chain network, with the potential to increase awareness throughout organisations by improving workplace practices; ultimately making an impact on the pervasive crime that is international slavery.
For more information about how you can get involved please contact us.
Industry Impact Hub
Established by the Telco Together Foundation, the Industry Impact Hub is where industry leaders come together to discuss and take action on collaborative approaches to some of the most complex social challenges confronting our communities.
Through the Industry Impact Hub we:
- Create projects that build on the industry’s strengths of technology, reach and resources.
- Identify approaches that benefit from industry-wide involvement and can be scaled to support the wider community.
- Work with members to deliver tangible and measurable outcomes.
- Act as a point of engagement between roundtable members and key stakeholders within the industry and within other sectors, including Government.
The cause areas that have been identified for collaborative action are Domestic & Family Violence and Modern Slavery.
Leadership Statement on Human Rights and Modern Slavery
Leadership Statement Principles
Respect for human rights
We acknowledge and respect human rights in our operations and supply chains, and understand the importance of identifying and addressing human rights impacts.
Cooperation across our value chain
We seek to cooperate across our value chain, in areas where we can add more value than working independently; to identify issues, share insights and continually learn.
Fighting modern slavery
We acknowledge the risk of modern slavery and harm to people as a key driver for business action, to be considered along with other risks such as financial, market, operational or reputational risk.
Transparency across supply chains
We understand the complexity of supply chains and, subject to law, will undertake to share insights, aiming to increase transparency, visibility and facilitate cooperative responses.
Empowering our suppliers through partnerships
We recognise the importance of working in partnership with our suppliers to mitigate risks, supporting them in their efforts to address modern slavery in their own supply chains.