Modern Slavery Statement

Combating modern slavery

We are committed to a future without labour exploitation and rights violations in the form of modern slavery. This hidden, large-scale exploitation within our community often harms those least able to defend themselves.

  • Awareness

    We are training all staff using an online modern slavery training module, to help them understand the issue, identify warning signs, and take extra care when buying. For staff who regularly engage in purchasing, as well as being the first recipients for our training,  we are also implementing changes to specific templates, policies and procedures to support how they can address local level risks and issues.

  • Supply chains

    We are updating offshore partner audit processes to evaluate modern slavery supply chain risk in specific industries. This approach includes building relationships with third parties with deep expertise in specific supply chains and industries, to improve the transparency of these high risk areas.

  • Risk assessments

    We’re enhancing the geographic and industry-based risk assessment processes used to assess our suppliers.

  • Rigorous processes

    Our tendering documents and template agreements are being updated to include not only modern slavery, but a number of other sustainable procurement initiatives.

  • Focused policies

    We updated relevant policies and procedures to include reference to modern slavery and associated legislation.

  • Preferred suppliers

    Our staff are encouraged to work with Monash University-preferred providers and organisations with their own Modern Slavery Statements.

Podcast: Swipe Right for Slavery

Approximately 40 million people worldwide are enslaved in some way. And if you believe your hands are clean, you’re wrong. Listen to the What Happens Next? podcast on modern slavery.

Our approach

Modern Slavery Statement

You can view further detail about our approach to combating modern slavery, including our reporting entities and governance structure, in this report.

View the report (PDF)