Modern slavery is a huge problem. According to the Global Slavery Index, there are more than 40 million victims worldwide, so it makes sense that Australian businesses risk legal, ethical and reputational consequences if their supply chain is implicated.
Michael Milnes, Head of Commercial and Competition Law, Practical Law Australia, asks whether businesses ought to take a more holistic approach to the Modern Slavery Act 2018, by going beyond compliance.
“Organisations are busy getting to grips with the requirements of complying with the new Modern Slavery Act, but in an era where companies have to consider higher standards of community expectations, will compliance be enough?”
Lawyers are well positioned to help guide their clients or organisations through these issues. In this webinar we look at some of the practical strategies that companies are taking to protect their supply chains, leaving you with plenty of ideas to take away,” he says.
Modern slavery webinar speakers
- Michael Milnes, Head of Commercial and Competition Law, Practical Law Australia. Michael has extensive legal and commercial experience, practising both as in-house counsel and at leading law firms in Australia, the UK and France. Michael has experience of advising at a strategic and operational level, across a wide range of commercial legal practice, including major contracts, competition and consumer law issues, marketing law, technology, IP and brand protection. Michael is also currently completing a Masters of Business Administration.
- Linda Taylor, Head of Employment Law, Practical Law Australia. Linda has more than 15 years’ experience in employment, industrial relations and work health and safety law in both private practice and in-house roles. Prior to joining Practical Law, Linda held senior management positions with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, where she advised on a variety of matters, including termination of employment, transfer of business, and disciplinary and grievance investigations.
- Kate Merrifield, Head of Corporate Law, Practical Law Australia. Prior to her current role as Head of Corporate Law, Practical Law, Kate was a senior writer and joinedPractical Law after 10 years in practice as a corporate lawyer at leading Australian law firm Gilbert+Tobin. Kate’s practice included advising clients on a range of corporate transactions and commercial matters including restructures, acquisitions and disposals of private companies, commercial contracts, corporate governance and compliance with the Corporations Act and Listing Rules.
Want to read more about the Modern Slavery Act and how your client or organisation can go beyond compliance? Check out Michael’s four strategies for Australian businesses.