2021 September 7

Electronics Watch supports Australian Government to Address Modern Slavery Risk

The Australian Government has engaged with Electronics Watch through the Australia Border Force to map its ICT supply chains and assess the risk.

The Australian Border Force (ABF) directs modern slavery activities and responses across the Australian Government. By providing training and guidance the ABF supports public buyers in developing modern slavery due diligence capabilities.

Electronics Watch and the ABF will undertake a risk assessment and produce a supply chain map of the Australian Government's key shared ICT hardware suppliers. This project will support the development of the Australian Government's 2020-21 Modern Slavery statement.

Chantelle Silva, A/g Assistant Director of the Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Branch said: "The Australian Government is taking a targeted risk-based approach to addressing modern slavery risks in its supply chains. The Government recognises that the ICT hardware sector poses high risks and has engaged Electronics Watch to undertake a supply chain mapping project. The project will further the Australian Government's efforts to take targeted action to address modern slavery risks in its supply chains."

Björn Claeson, Director of Electronics Watch, said: "We are very happy to be part of this project. The strategic work of the Australian Government on the issues around modern slavery in the electronics supply chains is very needed."

Julie Petticrew, Australian representative for Electronics Watch, said: "The Australian Government should be commended for the position they are taking to identify and address modern slavery within their ICT supply chains. We look forward to further developing this working relationship."