STATE COUNCIL PRESIDENT PAUL BURTON LAUNCHES 2021 MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT
NSW Society State President Paul Burton launched the Society’s 2021 Modern Slavery Statement at an online Modern Slavery Workshop on 26 July, which was hosted by the Social Justice Team and the Modern Slavery Working Group. Mr Burton encouraged all Members, Volunteers and Staff to read the Statement and to spread the word about the Society’s commitment to preventing the injustice of modern slavery.
Modern Slavery refers to situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, abuse of power or deception. Over 40 million people are enslaved in the world today. In Australia, it is estimated that around 15,000 people are enslaved, with the additional risk that procurement through international supply chains exposed to slavery adds to the global suffering.
Under the Modern Slavery Act 2018, the Society of St Vincent de Paul NSW has obligations to assess and prevent the risk of modern slavery in our operations and supply chains.
To read the 2021 Modern Slavery Statement, visit here.
To read Paul Burton’s launch address, visit here.