What is the ASEAN-Australia Modern Slavery Youth Project?
The ASEAN-Australia Modern Slavery Youth Project will bring together young professionals, businesspeople, faith leaders, early-career researchers and social changemakers to understand modern slavery in Indonesia and Australia. The goal of the program is to strengthen networks between and generate thought leadership amongst engaged Southeast Asian and Australian young people on the topic of modern slavery.
Why is now the time for bilateral collaboration?
In passing the Modern Slavery Act 2018, Australia joined the forefront of the global trend in seeking to address this issue on both a global and regional scale. There are currently an estimated 45.8 million people living in slave-like conditions throughout the world and current efforts to eradicate modern slavery are rising. Now more than ever, there is an appetite for international co-operation on this issue.
The first supply chain statements under Australia’s Modern Slavery legislation are due in September 2020, bringing renewed interest and international attention on Australia and our regional partners’ actions. This is an exciting opportunity to use this attention to highlight innovative solutions and feature young voices in this issue that disproportionately affects young people in both Australia and our regional partners in ASEAN.
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Walk Free’s Global Slavery Index measures the extent of modern slavery country by country, and the steps governments are taking to respond to this issue, to objectively measure progress toward ending modern slavery. The Index draws together findings from across estimates of prevalence, measurement of vulnerability, and assessment of government responses, alongside an analysis of trade flows and data on specific products.
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The power we have as consumers is greater than you might think. No company will continue a practice or product that you the consumer will not buy. If we can demand greater transparency in supply chains and encourage companies to know exactly who is making their products we can help put an end to child labour.
IMPORT EXPORT Show
Modern Slavery Reporting for Importers and Exporters
AASYP Modern Slavery Youth Project representative Mikaylie Page discussed how business action on modern slavery is tied to consumers increased desire for ethical products with Michael Milnes (Supplied Legal), David Brightling (Australian Border Force), Serena Grant (Walk Free Initiative), and Lawrence Christoffelsz (Ethical Trade Alliance).
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