Modern Slavery Toolkit: Practical Resource for Legal Counsel and Clients

Australian businesses are being urged by consumers, governments and advocacy groups to clean up their supply chains, amid growing concerns of the modern slavery landscape.

Practical Law’s experienced team of in-house legal writers creates and maintains resources so that you can respond quickly and effectively as new regulation unfolds.

Enter its latest Modern Slavery in the Supply Chain Toolkit, which provides general information for legal counsel and their relevant clients, and is accurate at the time of publication.

What this Toolkit offers:

1. Standard document: Supplier questionnaire on modern slavery

The Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (MSA) and the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW) (NSW Act) have introduced changes in Australian law focused on increasing transparency in supply chains. Specifically, commercial organisations will be required to disclose the steps they have taken to ensure their business and supply chains are free from modern slavery (that is, human trafficking, slavery, servitude, forced labour and deceptive recruiting of labour and services, child labour, removal of organs, debt bondage, forced marriage and slavery-like practices) in a modern slavery statement.

This sample due diligence questionnaire is intended to be completed by the organisation’s suppliers to help the organisation identify the risk of slavery and human trafficking in its supply chains for goods and services. Once the risk is identified, the level of risk can be assessed, and steps put in place to monitor and manage that risk.

2. Checklist: Preparing a modern slavery statement

Designed for commercial organisations operating in Australia, this checklist aims to help identify the issues they will need to consider when preparing their annual modern slavery statement for the purposes of section 24 of the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW) (NSW Act) and sections 13 and 14 of the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (MSA).

3. Standard clause: Modern slavery

Also included in this toolkit, is a set of standard clauses intended for use in agreements for the supply of goods and services, or agreements that involve a supply chain relationship, for example, agency, distribution or outsourcing arrangements. They are drafted on a one-way basis, from the perspective of a customer who is concerned to ensure its supply chains are free of modern slavery.

Disclaimer: The provision of this downloadable toolkit is for general information only and does not take into account any specific circumstances or factual scenarios. It does not constitute, and you must not rely upon it as, legal advice. You should seek specific legal or other professional advice based on your specific circumstances. This document is current at 24 June 2019.

Note: This toolkit is an updated version of the Practical Law Modern Slavery Toolkit published on 25 August, 2017

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