Catholic Anti-Slavery Network in Australia becomes model for business

Sydney — When Australia’s national customs and border law enforcement agency uploaded a Catholic document to a federal government registry monitoring modern-day slavery at the end of June, it was a significant development in efforts to end worker exploitation.

The document commits Australia’s largest Catholic entities to eradicate links to slavery in their operations. It includes commitments from Catholic organizations that provide about 70% of Catholic-led services in the country. That’s significant because the Catholic Church is Australia’s second largest employer, ranking only behind the government.

The Australian Border Force uploaded the Compendium of Modern Slavery Statements 2020, developed by the Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery Network, to the National Public Register June 26, effectively making the document a model for businesses and organizations in complying with the 2018 Modern Slavery…

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