Suncorp New Zealand joins call for New Zealand businesses to be accountable on Modern Slavery

16 March 2021

Suncorp New Zealand has joined 85 New Zealand businesses in signing a joint letter supporting an inquiry into whether New Zealand needs a Modern Slavery Act.

The letter presented to parliament today is jointly supported by international humanitarian and advocacy organisations; Trade Aid, World Vision and Walk Free. It urges the New Zealand government to show leadership in addressing modern slavery in our business and public sector supply chains to ensure that New Zealand values of kindness, fairness, equality, and sustainability can be upheld.

Walk Free’s 2018 Global Slavery Index estimates that 40.3 million people worldwide are living in conditions of modern slavery, with two thirds of these in Asia Pacific. 

Suncorp New Zealand supports the call for fairness, equality and standards that benefit all stakeholders in the business supply chain Suncorp New Zealand CEO, Jimmy Higgins says.  

“Suncorp supports calls for an inquiry into a Modern Slavery Act for New Zealand businesses and public sector supply chains. Within our own supply chains, we’re committed to working with suppliers and business partners to find creative, commercial and long-lasting solutions to combatting modern slavery.”

Suncorp New Zealand completed its first Modern Slavery report in 2020, contributing to Suncorp Group’s Modern Slavery Statement which was published in February 2021 and forms part of the reporting requirement for the Australian Modern Slavery Act.

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