End Uyghur Forced Labour

Forced labour, child labour (including worst forms) and state-enforced forced labour is not unknown in cotton. In fact, of the top ten cotton producing countries in the world (including the US), only Australia has a clean record for its cotton. China is the third largest cotton producing country in the world, and Xinjiang Province provides…

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Uyghur Forced Labour

Did you know 1 in 5 garments worldwide are linked to Uyghur cotton? The systematic oppression of the Uyghur people by the Chinese Government is undeniable, and the exploitation of detained Uyghurs as a captive labour force is clear. Senator Rex Patrick has been calling on the Federal Government to pass legislation forcing companies to disclose…

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Easter Shopping Guide 2020

Australia-based Be Slavery Free is urging Australian consumers to make a difference this Easter and buy chocolate eggs from companies that are addressing human rights and environmental concerns. Be Slavery Free has joined forces with USA based Mighty Earth and Green America to publish an Easter scorecard, analysing 13 major chocolate companies and 8 cocoa suppliers…

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Tackling Child Labour in Cocoa Supply Chains

In the Harken-Engel Protocol of 2001 chocolate companies assured the US Government and global markets that they could self-regulate and solve the slavery of young boys being trafficked from neighbouring countries into the cocoa farms of West Africa. They further committed that all cocoa sourced by the signatories would be certified cocoa by 2020. It…

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NSW Inquiry Report Recommendations Welcomed

The NSW Parliament passed a Modern Slavery Act in June 2018. However the Act has never been implemented. Instead it was put on hold while an Inquiry into the legislation was conducted. The Inquiry report was released on 25th March. ACRATH and Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) prepared a joint submission for the Inquiry urging the…

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