What is Modern slavery?
The Australian Government describes Modern Slavery as situations where offenders use coercion, threats or deception to exploit victims and undermine their freedom. Practices that constitute modern slavery can include:
- human trafficking
- forced labour
- debt bondage
- forced marriage, and
- the worst forms of child labour
Modern slavery can occur in every industry and sector and has severe consequences for victims. Modern slavery also distorts global markets, undercuts responsible business and can pose significant legal and reputational risks to entities.
Urban Utilities is taking a proactive approach to identifying modern slavery and other labour rights risks across our operations and supply chain. Urban Utilities looks forward to demonstrating to our stakeholders, customers and the wider community how we are proactively monitoring our operations and supply chains to ensure compliance with the Act.
For more information on the Modern Slavery Act (Cth) 2018, please visit the Department of Home Affairs.