Be a part of the student movement for passing a Modern Slavery Act in Aotearoa, with activations happening on campus next week!
Trade Aid and World Vision are asking tertiary students all around Aotearoa to simultaneously sign the petition to urge our Government to pass a Modern Slavery Act in New Zealand.
Why is a Modern Slavery Act important?
40 million people globally are in modern slavery. Unlike many other countries, New Zealand has no legislation that requires companies to undertake due diligence looking into the risks of modern slavery within their supply chains and taking actions to address those risks.
Modern Slavery legislation is a key way for New Zealand companies to work together to eliminate modern slavery in private and public sector supply chains.
As a UC student you can take action and show your support by:
- Participating in our campus activations on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th May on C Block Lawn, 10am – 3pm
- Use the power of your pen (or keyboard) and sign the petition online now at Sign For Freedom
- Share and tag on social media #ModernSlaveryActNZ
- Volunteer to be a part of the activations by coming for a kōrero this Friday 30 April with the UC Sustainability Office and World Vision
What is Modern Slavery?
Modern slavery is the severe exploitation of other people for personal or commercial gain. Modern slavery is a human rights violation with exploitation at its heart. Forced labour, human trafficking, sexual exploitation and debt bondage are forms of modern slavery.
Why do we need a Modern Slavery Act?
There are more people in slavery now than in any other time in history. Modern slavery is in the clothes you wear, the coffee you drink and the goods you love. The world is small and interconnected. Every time we purchase a product there is a chain reaction felt around the world. Clothing. Sugar. Electronics. No country or industry is unaffected.
It’s time to make slavery in our products history. Modern Slavery Acts make it easier for a consumer to expect slavery-free products and services from companies. They help prevent slavery through transparency and accountability. They require businesses to understand the risks of modern slavery in their purchasing, to report on those risks and take action to address them. They give the business community guidance and a level playing field.
What is the petition and it’s ask?
Trade Aid and World Vision respectfully request that the House of Representatives, as a matter of urgency, enacts Modern Slavery legislation that requires public and private entities to report on the risks of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains, and on the actions they are taking to address those risks.