'Determined to see the end of slavery in my lifetime'
Human Rights Consultant
Andrea Tokaji Consulting offers human rights consulting to corporations, businesses and NGOs.
Andrea offers the full wrap-around services of: audit, investigation, training, implementation and reporting on slavery in supply chains through a human rights lens and a preventative focus.
Australia’s international legal obligations requires the Government to respond effectively to human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices. Under international law, Australia is obliged to ensure that non-state actors under its jurisdiction - including businesses - respect human rights.
Businesses are well placed to play a key role in combating modern slavery.
No business should tolerate slavery or other serious human right violations in their supply chains.
There is an expectation on all businesses from the Australian Government to respect human rights consistent with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, encouraging business to apply the principles of protect, respect and remedy frameworks into their operations.
In addition, the Protocol 2014 to the Forced Labor Convention 1930 contributes to the foundational work of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises within the function of the Australian National Contact Point.
The presence of modern slavery can undermine business performance, cause reputational damage and affect shareholder and investor confidence. Modern slavery can also occur in conjunction with other harmful and illegal practices, such as corruption.
Internationally, governments - including the United Kingdom, the United States, France, the Netherlands and the European Union are increasingly working with the business community to combat modern slavery, including by requiring improved supply chain transparency
TAKING STEPS TO ADDRESS MODERN SLAVERY IS GOOD BUSINESS PRACTICE, MEETS AUSTRALIA’S GOVERNMENT STANDARDS AND CAN CREATE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES, MINIMISE RISKS TO REPUTATIONAL LIABILITY AND ENSURE BUSINESSES OPERATE WITHIN A HUMAN RIGHTS FRAMEWORK.
The due diligence obligations of businesses to operate in a human right compliant and gender equal way is also central to international best practice and Australian Government preferred practices.
Businesses are required to integrate clear strategies and processes to trace, monitor and address risks of human rights impacts in their supply chains according to the Australian Human Rights Commission.