Posted on 01 February 2021
40 million people globally are in modern slavery. Unlike many other countries, New Zealand has no legislation that requires companies to undertake due diligence looking into the risks of modern slavery within their supply chains and taking actions to address those risks.
World Vision and Trade Aid, supported by other organisations, are advocating for New Zealand to introduce Modern Slavery legislation. Modern Slavery legislation is a key way for New Zealand companies to work together to eliminate modern slavery in private and public sector supply chains.
New research by World Vision in May 2021 links $3.1 billion of risky products being imported into New Zealand in a single year. These products are those we use and consume every day. Read the research.
On 16 March 2021, an open letter was presented to the government by 85 New Zealand businesses expressing their support for progressing the work required for a Modern Slavery Act. Since then, many other businesses have added their voices. View the open letter with supporting business logos here.