Modern slavery – time for action

Dr Katherine Christ and Roger Burritt draw attention to the complicity of Australian companies in modern slavery activities, especially through international supply chains.

In one example of a leading Australian company’s experience Andrew Forrest, Chair of Fortescue Metals, acknowledges when reviewing their supply chains and strategies for removing modern slavery ‘We had slavery in our supply chains’. Upon visiting one of the suppliers in the Middle East his description of the conditions of scores of foreign workers is haunting:

“[They had] a life expectancy of five years and food which just kept them alive … 18 to a room which you wouldn’t call your larder … and not able to leave.”

This is just the tip of the iceberg.

Katherine and Roger provide a brief summary of the opportunity facing Australian companies at a time when global activities are being questioned. In “Removing complicity in modern slavery” The Sustainability Report (19 May 2017) they specify why the time is right for Australian companies to step up and become leaders in the resistance of these practices.

For further information contact Dr Katherine Christ at




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