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Modern Slavery in Focus

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The Modern Slavery Act 2018 took effect on January 1 this year. In February, CIBSE took the opportunity to hear from some of the leading voices in this space to help understand how the Act impacts building services practitioners and how they can contribute to addressing the issues in today’s supply chains.


Robin Mellon (CEO - Supply Chain Sustainability School), Davina Rooney (General Manager & Corporate Sustainability - Stockland) and Sarah Sannen (Operations & Finance Manager - GECA) covered:

  • The emergence of key social sustainability issues;

  • Defining 'modern slavery' in the human rights context;

  • The relevance of modern slavery to property, construction and infrastructure projects; and

  • What business leaders can do differently


The presenters highlighted:


  • How the twin issues of human rights and modern slavery fit into social sustainability and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

  • How industry through the Property Council of Australia has established a working group to pilot a supply chain review

  • The importance of collaboration to understand and take action to address modern slavery


Following the formal presentations, a panel session was chaired by Margot Black, Head of Sustainability & Community at Charter Hall.


Presentations can be found here:

Modern Slavery - Are you prepared?
Robin Mellon, CEO - Supply Chain Sustainability School

Modern Slavery Act : Update
Davina Rooney, General Manager & Corporate Sustainability - Stockland 

Good Environmental ChoiceAustralia
Sarah Sannen Operations & Finance Manager - GECA


Details on SDG Goal 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth can be found here:


Official draft guidance for reporting entities can be found via the Department of Home Affairs here:

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