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Under the Australian Modern Slavery Act (2018), businesses with annual consolidated revenue above $100 million are required to publish an annual modern slavery statement which reports against mandatory criteria. We are pleased to announce SUEZ Australia & New Zealand submitted its first modern slavery statement to the Australian Government in June 2021 for the calendar year 2020.
Modern slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for financial gain. It can be all around us. It is a huge and complex global problem and can occur in every sector, industry and country. The most common forms of modern slavery include forced or bonded labour, child labour, human trafficking, slavery, servitude, forced marriage or deceptive recruiting for labour or services. Australia is not immune, with an estimated 1,567 modern slavery victims between 2015 and 20171.
At SUEZ, our commitment to upholding human rights is an inherent part of our value of Respect. Respect is one of SUEZ’s four core values, together with passion for the environment, customer first, and team spirit. We reject any activities which may cause or contribute to modern slavery and I am proud of the steps we have taken to identify, manage, and mitigate potential risks around us. A special thank you to our valued suppliers for joining us in the stand against modern slavery.
Chief Executive Officer, Australia & New Zealand
To view the SUEZ Australia Modern Slavery Statement, click on the document link below. The statement outlines our key commitments to reduce the risk of modern slavery across our business and supply chains. It explains our approach, our due diligence, our assessment and other actions during 2020, as well as our key focus areas in 2021. A modern slavery statement was also submitted for the SUEZ Water Technology & Solutions (SWTS) business activities in Australia.
(1) Modern Slavery Act (2018) – Guidance for reporting entities