Human Rights in Supply Chains of Australian Companies:
Opportunities for Legislative Reform


Australian businesses have recently been implicated in serious labour abuses, both within and beyond Australia’s borders.

This paper examines legislative developments aimed at tackling slavery and trafficking in other jurisdictions, and argues that Australia should learn from these measures in the face of urgent human rights issues with immediate impacts for Australian companies, government, investors and consumers.

pdfHuman Rights in the Supply Chain of Australian Companies - Opportunities for Legislative Reform610.3 KB


Read more:

Australian Financial Review: "Minister accused of killing supply chain abuse findings" (non-paywall version available here

Australian Financial Review: "Andrew Forrest calls on government to lead regional response against slavery" (non-paywall version available here

Pro Bono Australia: "Australian Government Should Get On with the Job of Protecting Vulnerable Workers in Global Supply Chains"

Listen to Catalyst researcher Martijn Boersma speaking with Radio Atticus host Annamarie Reyes about exploitation and slavery in supply chains, and what legislative measures the Australian government can implement to tackle these human rights abuses.