KnowTheChain’s 2018 Food and Beverage Benchmark

 

From tea pickers on isolated tea estates to laborers on remote cocoa farms and rice mills, workers in the agricultural sector are particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Driven by a growing demand for fuel, food, and raw materials the sector increasingly pushes agricultural work into more rural areas to accommodate its land-intensive activities,[1] exacerbating the remote nature of the work and putting workers at greater risk. To better understand what companies are doing to address the risk of forced labor in their food and beverage supply chains, KnowTheChain evaluated 38 of the largest global companies on their forced labor policies and practices.

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Excerpt from Second Reading Speech of the Australian Modern Slavery Bill by Clare O’Neill, Member for Hotham, Shadow Minister for Justice

 

“Most Australians think that slavery is history. When I speak to people about their depictions of slavery, they often reach for pop culture references. One of the most common references that comes up is the 2013 Oscar winning film 12 Years a Slave—some people in the chamber or in the gallery may have seen it before. This is a truly gut-wrenching depiction of the trans-Atlantic slave trade that took so many Africans across the Atlantic to work in slavery in the United States. ‘I don’t want to survive. I want to live.’ Those are the words of the central character who suffered at the hands of this brutal trade. They rung in my ears for weeks after I watched this film.

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The AAA Recommendations were endorsed by government and business at the Nusa Dua Forum in August 2018. This is a significant milestone, being the first major policy document agreed between the private and public sector to tackle issues of modern slavery and related exploitation in the region.

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With over 350 attendees in total from business, civil society, international organisations and governments from across 52 countries, this year’s forum set record attendance levels.  Our sincere thanks to Indonesian Co-Chair, Eddy Sariaatmadja, for his outstanding hospitality and hosting of the Business Forum.

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For those interested in additional training, capacity building and networking events, we recommend these upcoming 2018 events. Please note these are optional events and not Bali Process related events.

 

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Read more about how businesses can encourage others to take action, and discussions underway for business hubs in the region.

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Looking where to start to implement Pillar 1 within your business? In 2018 a significant amount of new practical research was launched to help with risk assessments.

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As governments and businesses work towards implementing Pillar II, one of the first steps is to understand the legal and business frameworks that are well established in the region, including understanding where there are gaps.

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Businessman Greg Worthington-Eyre and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hon. Rimbink Pato MP, and Honourable Petrus Thomas MP Minister for Immigration and Border Security represented Papua New Guinea at the Government and Business Forum associated with the Bali Process Ministerial meeting help 6-7 august in Indonesia.  Download the full media statement below.

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BALI, INDONESIA, 7 August 2018 – A three-pronged strategy to eradicate modern slavery has been endorsed today by influential business leaders and government ministers representing 40 countries in the Asia Pacific region.

 

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BALI (INDONESIA)/ALEXANDRIA (USA), Aug. 7, 2018 – The Bali Process Government and Business Forum (Bali Process) Secretariat (Walk Free Foundation) and the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today to collaborate on anti-slavery efforts through the Bali Process.

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Written by Daniel Els, University of Notre Dame Australia Student

With modern slavery now affecting over 40 million people, the people and businesses of Sri Lanka are fighting harder than ever to see change made.

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In a world first, Bali Process Business Leaders have taken a tremendous step forward by voluntarily publishing modern slavery statements.

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Unofficial transcript from the co hosted Perth USAsia Centre and Walk Free Foundation event, held on 24 August 2017, Perth, the University of Western Australia.

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Published: 1 September 2017

 

Today, in a world first, business leaders from across the Indo Pacific region, made an unprecedented commitment to vigorously support the implementation of strong laws to stamp out the hideous human rights travesty that is modern slavery.

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Official transcript from Hon Julie Bishop MP, Foreign Minister of Australia’s speech at the Perth USAsia Centre and Walk Free Foundation event, held on 24 August 2017, Perth, the University of Western Australia.

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