Australia: Covid-19 pandemic masks risks of slavery in global supply chains

The coronavirus pandemic is complicating the task of rooting out modern slavery by making it impossible for companies or investors to visit factory floors in many countries, adding to the challenges of addressing supply-chain risks.

The economic shock caused by the coronavirus outbreak is also making people more vulnerable to exploitation, further compounding the problem, Mr. Mans Carlsson, the Sydney-based head of ESG research at Ausbil Investment Management, told the Bloomberg Inside Track webinar on Thursday (Sept 10).

Australia has gone further than Britain and California, with laws requiring companies and investors to have a detailed plan on how they will assess and tackle the risk of modern slavery in their supply chains.

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