To address this global human rights issue, the Australian Government passed the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (Act), which entered into force on 1 January 2019.
The new law requires Australian businesses to provide a statement on modern slavery risks in their operations and supply chains and take steps to address these risks.
Importantly, directors are required to approve the statement, and so directors must educate themselves about modern slavery and what is required of them and their entity under the Act.
This tool summarises the legislative framework for directors and the questions are designed to provide practical guidance to assist directors in their oversight role of modern slavery risks in their operations and supply chains.
The AICD encourages directors and entities to promote ethical business practices and eradicate modern slavery in their operations and supply chains. We suggest that directors use these questions in their engagement with management and as a point of reference when reviewing and evaluating their entity‘s annual modern slavery statement.