The three tangible actions we’re taking to address modern slavery
Slavery is more common today than when it was “abolished”. In fact, there are more slaves now than at any time in human history. The Asia Pacific is home to about half of the world’s 45.8 million slaves.1 Modern slavery can take the guise of human trafficking, servitude, child labour, sex trafficking, forced labour and debt bondage.
The recent passing of the NSW Modern Slavery Act is a massive step forward to addressing worker exploitation. A Commonwealth Act should follow shortly, making it compulsory for many organisations (based on a revenue threshold) to report on modern slavery.
At NDY, we maintain a strong focus on social risks, as part of our values, and consultancy offering to our clients. We are tackling the modern slavery challenge with three complementary approaches.
ACTION 1: Screening our supply chain and activity for social risks transparency – Our alignment with the Modern Slavery Act
NDY Tetra Tech CEO Stuart Fowler is a strong supporter of the Modern Slavery Act and the firm’s investigation into its own supply chain.
“Our brand is synonymous with ethical, fair and honourable work practices, and it’s vital that our supply chain reflects this approach. Our Values speak about the importance of treating others as we wish to be treated: this is a non-negotiable in all of our relationships extending throughout our entire supply chain.”
In alignment with the Act requirements, NDY is undertaking the first stage of the journey. The sustainability team has been screening the complete list of NDY suppliers to identify key risk areas for potential modern slavery malpractice. Dr Marie Le Pellec, Senior Sustainability Engineer at NDY Tetra Tech is leading this initial process.