MBIE has sought feedback on new legislation that aims to achieve freedom, fairness and dignity in the operations and supply chains of entities and to address modern slavery and worker exploitation, both in New Zealand and internationally.
This consultation on “A Legislative Response to Modern Slavery and Worker Exploitation” includes “forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, other slavery and slavery like practices, and human trafficking”. The consultation asks about what obligations different sizes and types of entities (e.g. small, medium, large; for profit, not for profit etc.) should have in order to do due diligence on these practices in their domestic operations and supply chains. If this is found, further consideration will consider what their obligations should be to act and report, what is needed to support entities to do this, and what penalties there should be.
The proposal would create new responsibilities across the operations and supply chains of all types of organisations in New Zealand, with more responsibilities for larger organisations.
Three PSA submissions were made:
- A submission from the PSA Pasefika Network
- A submission from the PSA Women’s Network
- An overall PSA submission
Consultation website and survey
Here is a link to the consultation website: https://www.mbie.govt.nz/have-your-say/modern-slavery
WN Submission MBIE Consultation on Modern Slavery June 2022 002 PDF file | 249 KB