The continuing existence of modern slavery is a critical health check on our globalised world including the supply chains of Catholic entities in Australia.
In 2019 Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery Network (ACAN) was established to support over 30 Catholic entities from education, health, social and aged care services, finance and investment to implement a comprehensive modern slavery risk management program. The Catholic Church in Australia is amongst the largest non-government procurers of goods and services.
Identifying and addressing the risk of modern slavery practices in the operations and supply chains of Catholic building projects is the highest priority for ACAN. Therefore, partnering with the Supply Chain Sustainability School to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal 8.7, the eradication of modern slavery, is essential.