Our commitment to stand against modern slavery

Modern slavery describes situations where offenders use coercion, threats or deception to exploit victims and undermine their freedom. Practices that constitute modern slavery can include human trafficking, slavery, servitude, forced labour, forced marriage, debt bondage and child labour.
It is a confronting reality that even in the present day, men, women and children all over the world remain victims of modern slavery.
Modern slavery can occur in every industry and sector and has severe consequences for victims. They are forced to work in construction sites, mines, stores, on farms, or in homes as maids. Labour extracted through force, coercion, or threats produces some of the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the electronics we use and numerous other products that we consume.  This is modern slavery. It is widespread and pervasive, and most of the time not visible in public.
The Global Slavery Index estimates that over 40 million people are affected by modern slavery. This means that there are 5.4 victims of modern slavery for every 1,000 people in the world. Much of this is not visible in public.
The Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act 2018 (the Act) address modern slavery by asking businesses and organisations like Churches of Christ in Queensland to take responsibility for increasing transparency within their operations and supply chains.
Churches of Christ in Queensland supports the Act and the efforts of the global community to identify and address modern slavery risks and maintain responsible and transparent supply chains.
Through the continuous improvement of our policies and increased collaboration with our suppliers Churches of Christ in Queensland is committed to play its part in combating modern slavery. 
“Our Modern Slavery Statement seeks to illustrate that Churches of Christ in Queensland understands its responsibility to combat and eradicate modern slavery from our supply chains,” Rue Masunungure, Director of Governance, said.
“As an organisation, we continue to take a zero-tolerance approach to slavery and human trafficking; as we increase our understanding and awareness of modern slavery risks in our supply chain.
 “Identifying and mitigating our own involvement in modern slavery is central to our core values. Churches of Christ in Queensland has constituted a cross functional working group that will continually explore and put in place actions to mitigate the abuse of human rights within its supply chain.”

  Posted March 31, 2021 in Our blog