Good news

Posted in September 1st, 2016
by ACRATH

Here we’d like to share with you some of the good news stories that warm our hearts and to show that we can make a difference and that the world doesn’t have to be so bad, cruel or inconsiderate.

  • Progress in Uzbekistan May 28, 2017 ILO Monitoring in the Cotton Industry in Uzbekistan For a number of years ACRATH and other NGOs have been speaking out about child labour in the cotton industry in Uzbekistan. In a report released in February 2017 the International Labour Organization (ILO) indicated that organized child labor is now socially unacceptable in Uzbekistan and the practice ...
  • UNANIMA International’s 2017 Woman of Courage March 28, 2017 Congratulations Marietta Latonio ACRATH is pleased to congratulate Marietta Latonia on being named UNANIMA International’s 2017 Woman of Courage. Marietta Latonio is a social worker who lives and works in Cebu, Philippines. She has been the director of many welfare programs; led implementation of community-based programs for more than 20 years; worked for many NGOs focused ...
  • Vatican to Slave-Proof Supply Chain January 24, 2016 Eliminating Forced Labour At a recent gathering of The Global Foundation, an Australian based organization that seeks to encourage dialogue about global governance, sustainability and other issues, Cardinal George Pell, Prefect of the Secretariate of the Economy, made the following announcement: “I am pleased to confirm that the Vatican itself will commit to slavery-proofing its own supply ...
  • Trafficking in Person Heroes July 28, 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zafWGbWxZw4 At the ceremony to launch the Trafficking in Person s Report 2015 Secretary of State, John Kerry, name eights Trafficking in Persons Heroes.  These people are an inspiration.  They have been courageous and passionate in their efforts to prevent human trafficking and to assist those who have experienced the trauma of this horrendous crime.
  • NZ Outlaws Slave-like Fishing August 5, 2014 Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill The New Zealand Parliament has unanimously passed a bill that will require all foreign fishing vessels operating in New Zealand waters to fly the New Zealand and operate under New Zealand laws.  In the past there has been human rights and labour abuses on these foreign vessels. ...
  • Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act July 4, 2014 Canadian Parliament Passes New Laws After 10 years of work by Member of Parliament Joy Smith, and many hours of advocacy by UNANIMA communities, on June 4, 2014 the Canadian Parliament passed Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, introduced by Justice Minister Peter MacKay in response to a Supreme Court decision (Canada ...
  • Ministerial Grant Acknowledges Work of ACRATH March 25, 2014 Federal Grant Enhances Work of ACRATH ACRATH– Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans – has just been advised that Minister for Justice, the Hon Michael Keenan MP, has approved funding for ACRATH of $360,000 over the next three years.   Minister Keenan wrote in a letter to ACRATH: “I recognise ACRATH’s valuable contribution to Australia’s response to ...
  • Congratulations Haigh’s Chocolates March 19, 2014 UTZ Certified Easter Egg and Easter Bilby Haigh’s Chocolate are proud to be the first Australian-owned bean-to-bar chocolate manufacturer to achieve international UTZ certification for ethically and sustainably farmed cocoa beans, which includes a zero-tolerance policy towards trafficked child labour.  UTZ certification puts Haigh’s at the forefront of a sustainable production program that spans cocoa-growing countries ...
  • Vatican, Anglicans & Muslims Working Against Human Trafficking March 18, 2014 Global Freedom Network Established On 17th March, the feast of St Patrick who was himself a slave, an accord was signed by the Vatican, the Anglican Communion and a leading Muslim Institution pledging to work together to end human trafficking throughout the world by 2020.  It is hoped that over time all the world’s major faiths ...
  • Congratulations Sr Pauline January 28, 2014 Sr Pauline Coll Receives Australia Day Award Sr Pauline Coll sgs, a founding member of ACRATH, has been honoured with an Australia Day award.  She has been awarded an AM ( Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia) for her significant service to the Catholic Church in Australia, and as an advocate for ...
  • Thank You Pacific Brands January 8, 2014 Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accord Signed In July 2013 ACRATH joined with other organisations in writing to request Pacific Brands sign up to the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord, given the company was sourcing products from Bangladesh.  The Accord is an independent Agreement designed to make all garment factories in Bangladesh safe workplaces. It includes independent safety inspections ...
  • ILO Reports Decline in Number of Child Labourers September 24, 2013 Asia-Pacific Has Greatest Decline But Largest Numbers A new International Labour Organisation (ILO) report states that since 2000 the global number of child labourers has declined by one-third.In the period 2008-2012, the global number of child labourers fell from to 215 to 168 million with the largest decline occurring in the Asia-Pacific region.  However this region ...
  • 2013 Millennium Development Goals Report July 2, 2013 Less than 1,000 Days to Achieve 2015 Targets In releasing the 2013 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon indicated that the “MDGS have been the most successful global anti-poverty push in history.”  Among significant achievements is the fact that the number of people living in extreme poverty has halved.  However, 1.2 billion people ...
  • Congratulations to Fountain of Life Centre, Pattaya June 24, 2013 Good Citizen’s Award On 4th February 2013 Fountain of Life Children’s Centre Pattaya received the Good Citizen’s Award from the Ministry of Social Development of Thailand for its excellent services against trafficking in persons, empowering marginalized people especially women and children and for being a valuable source of information regarding matters related to trafficking in the Mekong ...
  • Congratulations to Merlyn Quaife June 11, 2013 MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA ACRATH is delighted to congratulate Merlyn Quaife for being given the award of Member of the Order of Australian in the 2103 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.  This award was bestowed on her in recognition of her significant service to music. Merlyn has been a regular performer at St Francis’ Church, Lonsdale ...
  • Protections for Vulnerable Witnesses and Victims May 30, 2013 Attorney General Introduces New Legislation to Parliament On 29th May 2013 Attorney General Mark Dreyfus QC introduced new legislation to protect vulnerable witnesses and victims in Commonwealth criminal proceedings into Federal Parliament.  The legislation allows a witness the ability to give evidence by closed-circuit television, video recording or video link, and to have a support person accompany them when ...
  • No to People Trafficking. No to Slavery. March 8, 2013 Prime Minister Gillard’s Announcement for International Women’s Day At an International Women’s Day Breakfast in Sydney Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that the Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking Act was signed into law by the Governor General on 7th March 2013.  She also indicated that Australia is  updating its National Action Plan to combat trafficking, ...
  • Senate Report Released September 13, 2012 Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012 In June 2012 the Senate referred the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012 for inquiry.  ACRATH has been involved in the various inquiries that contributed to the drafting of this Bill and also made a submission for the Senate inquiry.  After ...
  • Thank You Nestlé July 19, 2012 All Products To Be UTZ Certified By End Of 2012 Nestlé announced in a letter to STOP THE TRAFFIK Australia that they will UTZ certify all their cocoa by the end of 2012. A number of international commentators have suggested that Nestlé’s decision to certify their Australian line first is a result of the intense lobbying ...
  • Good Chocolate News July 5, 2012 Nestlé Eradicating Child Labour From Its Supply Chain In recent months Nestlé invited the Fair Labour Association (FLA) to conduct an audit of its cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire to determine how to continue improving practices to help eliminate child labour, ensure a sustainable supply of cocoa, and help farmers run profitable farms.  The FLA ...
  • Ferrero’s Committment – Great News April 20, 2012 Traffick Free by 2020 Ferrero has made a commitment that it will eliminate all cases of the trafficking children, forced adult labour and other worst forms of child labour from their cocoa supply chain by 2020.  In doing so, Ferrero is the first global chocolate company to explicitly state they will fulfill the promise the chocolate ...
  • COTTON ON Committed to Corporate Social Responsibilities December 16, 2011 Working to Maintain Acceptable Working Conditions and Trade Practices Jacqui Hennessy, Group Risk Manager of Cotton On says, “The Cotton on Group is very much aware of the issue of forced child labour and other humanitarian exploitation in Uzbekistan and around the globe. We are strongly committed to our corporate social responsibilities and proactively maintain acceptable working conditions ...
  • ACRATH Members Receive Freedom Awards November 25, 2011 Inaugural Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Awards Congratulations to Sr Pauline Col sgs and Sr Louise Cleary csb who were named as recipients of Freedom Awards at a Ceremony in Canberra this week.  The Freedom Awards were developed by Anti-Slavery Australia using federal funding from the Proceeds of Crime Act.  A media release from the Minister for Home ...
  • Funding to Fight Slavery and Labour Trafficking October 18, 2011 Federal Government Grants for Five Organisation A Federal Government Media Release dated Monday 17th October announced that the Gillard Government has allocated a total of $485,000 to five organisation to fund projects aimed at combating slavery and human trafficking in Australia.  A copy of the media release issued by the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, Minister for ...
  • ACRATH Receives Government Funding October 5, 2011 Minister Visits ACRATH Office Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, Brendan O’Connor, and Member for Melbourne Ports, Michael Danby, visited the office of ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against the Trafficking of Humans) in Albert Park, Victoria on Wednesday 5 October 2011.  Their visit was the formal acknowledgement that the Government has committed $350,000 over the next ...
  • New Partnership to Combat Child Labour in West Africa September 26, 2011 ILO and Chocolate and Cocoa Industry Forge New Partnership Eight companies in the chocolate and cocoa industry – ADM, Barry Callebaut, Cargill, Ferrero, The Hershey Company, Kraft Foods, Mars Incorporated, and Nestlé – have pledged US $2 million to a new Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with the International Labour Office (ILO) to combat child labour in cocoa ...
  • Thank You Nestlé August 31, 2011 Working Towards Child Slavery Free Chocolate In 2010 Nestlé began distributing  four finger Kitkat in Australia using UTZ certified cocoa.  This action was welcomed by all those campaigning for a child slavery free chocolate industry.  Recently this certification has been extended to all Nestlé Kitkat products. Over 75% of the world’s cocoa is produced in West Africa ...
  • Improved Support for Victims of Human Trafficking July 25, 2011 New Training Packages In a recent media statement issued jointly by the Hon Kate Ellis MP, Minister for the Status of Women, and the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, it was announced that $126,960 will go to the Australian Red Cross to develop and deliver professional training to at least 500 ...
  • Uganda: How a Catholic radio station is saving child soldiers November 22, 2010 Aid to the Church in Need Eva-Maria Kolmann November 22, 2010 “We love you, Robert. Please come home! From your parents and your brothers and sisters”. These, and other messages like them are regularly heard on the children’s programme of the Catholic diocesan radio station “Radio Wa’ of Lira in northern Uganda. They are addressed to children who ...
  • Media Release: Commission Welcomes Increased Protection for Queensland Clothing Outworkers October 25, 2010 Catholic Justice and Peace Commission October 25, 2010 Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has welcomed the Queensland Government’s introduction of a mandatory code of practice for the protection of clothing outworkers. The Commission has been involved in lobbying for the introduction of this code for the last two years. The Commission’s Executive Officer, Peter Arndt, said that the new ...
  • Craigslist says it won’t resume adult services advertising September 16, 2010 Los Angeles Times Jordan Steffen September 16, 2010 A company official tells a congressional hearing on minors caught up in sex trafficking that the shutdown of its controversial classified ad website is permanent. read more..
  • We want Traffik-Free Chocolate June 6, 2010 Nestle has commenced running the Cocoa Plan/UTZ packaging in the factory for Kit Kat 4 Finger. It is now available in supermarkets! This was the implementation of a promise made by Nestle (see Nestle Policy: Cocoa and our Oceania business, see page 10) Congratulations to Nestle and we are looking forward to even more slave-free chocolate products ...
  • Education is the Key! July 1, 2007 UNGEI (United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative) Photo essays. read more..