Modern slavery is a very real risk globally, including in developed markets. We know that we face a risk of involvement in modern slavery through our value chain, including through our suppliers.
Freedom from slavery is a human right and we incorporate our work on preventing and addressing any involvement in modern slavery into our broader human rights programme.
Preventing our involvement in modern slavery
Preventing and addressing our own involvement in modern slavery is central to our sustainability approach; including our commitment to running a safe, responsible and profitable business.
We set clear expectations that our employees and suppliers (including contractors and agents) should be alert to possible involvement in modern slavery and should work to prevent and address it.
We know that adopting high standards is not enough. Knowledge sharing, such as targeted training programmes for employees, and action, including mitigation measures where we see a risk of involvement, are vital to ensure our work stays effective.
We work with governments and other organisations to contribute to more consistent, robust policy and regulatory initiatives around the world.
Support for the UK and Australian Modern Slavery Act
We strongly support the UK and Australian Modern Slavery Acts. In particular we proudly advocated for the Australian Modern Slavery Act’s establishment. In 2018, we publicly endorsed the introduction of the draft legislation and its final passage by the Australian Parliament, including by signing a multi-stakeholder letter to the Prime Minister.
We continue to support the effective implementation of the Australian Modern Slavery Act. We continue to participate in collaborative initiatives such as the Human Rights Resources and Energy Collaborative, Minerals Council of Australia Modern Slavery Taskforce and the Global Compact Network Australia’s Modern Slavery Community of Practice, to share learnings, progress implementation of the Modern Slavery Acts and broader modern slavery risk management.
We also value and support the Australian Government’s work to develop additional modern slavery guidance and tools for businesses, including in relation to addressing modern slavery risks in the context of COVID-19.