Regulating Transparency and Disclosures on Modern Slavery in Global Supply Chains

(2019) CPA Australia; ISBN 978-0-6482918-3-1

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 19-57

23 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2019

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Justine Nolan

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Jolyon Ford

ANU College of Law

Date Written: March 2019

Abstract

The global economy relies on corporate sourcing and procurement practices along complex transnational supply chains. Some goods and services that find their way to the consumer public are sourced in contexts tainted by modern slavery, including forced labour and human trafficking. Mandatory reporting and disclosure schemes have long been used to manage risk and impact across various aspects of corporate and market activity. It is only more recently that some governments have begun to use such mechanisms in the context of human rights, including specifically to address modern slavery risks in supply chains. Based on experiences in other countries, Australia’s Modern Slavery Act (2018) (Cth) is the most recent example of an emerging global regulatory initiative of using domestic legislative models to increase transparency and associated stakeholder engagement to address modern slavery risks in supply chains.

Keywords: global economy, supply chains, modern slavery, forced labour, human trafficking, Modern Slavery Act, Australia

Suggested Citation

Nolan, Justine and Ford, Jolyon, Regulating Transparency and Disclosures on Modern Slavery in Global Supply Chains (March 2019). (2019) CPA Australia; ISBN 978-0-6482918-3-1, UNSW Law Research Paper No. 19-57, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3434209 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3434209

Justine Nolan (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

Jolyon Ford

ANU College of Law ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

HOME PAGE: https://law.anu.edu.au/staff/jolyon-ford

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