Question: Does the company mention membership in or partnership with industry specific multi-stakeholder initiatives that address modern slavery issues at one or more levels of the supply chain (raw materials, textiles, manufacturing)?
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updated over 1 year ago by Singh Anjali

pg. 6

"The open letter requests a commitment to consider introducing legislation requiring businesses to collaborate to address modern slavery. The letter was presented to the Hon Michael Wood, Minister for the New Zealand Workplace Relations and Safety, and was facilitated by Minderoo initiative, Walk Free, Trade Aid and World Vision New Zealand."

pg. 8


Bunnings and Officeworks partnered with ethical consultancy firm ELEVATE to provide business specific training to select direct suppliers. Types of training included delivering e-learning modules, providing practical guidance to factory management relating to ethical business practices, managing working hours and production volumes; and creating safe workplaces to support the containment of COVID-19."

pg. 9


Collaboration with industry-wide initiatives, government and non-government organisations is an important strategy to better manage modern slavery risks.

Many third-party organisations, such as Corporate Human Rights Benchmark and Baptist World Aid, provide ratings on the Group’s performance. These help to drive the Group’s program to reduce modern slavery risks.

Wesfarmers’ divisions work collaboratively with non-government organisations on a range of projects. This year, non-government organisations engaged with the Group on ethical sourcing and human rights generally as well as formally through structured collaborations. The Group participates in and supports a range of initiatives that aim to improve working conditions in suppliers’ factories, as set out on the following page."

pg. 11

"Blackwoods supported ethical consultancy firm ELEVATE, in partnership with the Responsible Labour Initiative (RLI) on Project Safeguard, a multi stakeholder initiative to tackle bonded labour in the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) industry."

Singh Anjali.....2021-12-06 17:31:59 UTC

Supporting the modern slavery act in New Zealand is not an industry-specific collaboration.

ELEVATE is a consultancy and the company hired their services. This is not an industry collaboration.

Page 10 provides a list of collaborations, some of them specific to the garment industry such as ACT, The Better Cotton Initiative, Ethical Clothing Australia, etc. Therefore, I have left the answer as Yes

Sofia Gonzalez De Aguinaga.....2021-12-30 00:22:31 UTC