Simplot Australia has released its first Modern Slavery Statement, which outlines the actions we are taking and the areas we will continue to focus on to address this complex issue.
At Simplot, we are committed to upholding human rights and contributing to a better future. Modern slavery practices, including human trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, and other abuses of fundamental human rights, are unacceptable.
Global research suggests modern slavery is a growing global and systemic issue affecting an estimated 40.3 million people, with 16 million people in forced labour in the private economy¹.
We believe we can make a significant difference in addressing this global issue through the collective efforts of our team members, suppliers, customers and industry bodies. It is essential to help improve the lives of all in our global community.
While Simplot Australia has not identified any instances of modern slavery in our operations or supply chain, we have taken a rigorous approach to identify areas in our operations and supply chain where the risk may exist. Importantly, through these actions, we have found opportunities to communicate and educate around modern slavery. In doing so, we believe we are taking an important step to raise awareness and ultimately help effect change.
Looking ahead, we will continue to do our part to raise awareness about modern slavery and improve our processes to prevent the potential for its occurrence. We will also work closely with our suppliers to support them in their response to emerging human rights risks.
¹The 2017 Global Estimates of Modern Slavery are the result of a collaborative effort between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation.