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Australia to help Asean firms tackle slavery in supply chains

A multi-million-dollar anti-trafficking strategy between Australia and Southeast Asian nations will look at new ways to help businesses root out slavery in their supply chains, a senior foreign ministry official said.

Last week, Australia and Asean launched a 10-year counter-trafficking initiative backed by A$80m (RM226m) of funding. The new Asean initiative will also provide police training in financial investigations, professional development for judges, and promote child-friendly courtrooms.

Earlier this year, Australia introduced the world’s second anti-slavery law which requires companies with a turnover of US$100m or more to publish annual statements outlining the risk of slavery in supply chains and actions to address this.

 

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