Bali Process Government and Business Forum
By Jake Davis from Perth USAsia Centre | 25 Aug 2017
This public event on 24 August 2017 was held immediately prior to the inaugural Bali Process Government and Business Forum, in partnership with the Walk Free Foundation. This panel discussion focused on the issues of modern slavery in the Indo-Pacific and the significance of the public-private partnership and role of business to combat modern slavery. To view the entire photo album, click here.
The panel discussion featured:
- The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Australia's Foreign Minister
- Mr Andrew Forrest AO, Chairman of Fortescue Metals Group and Founder of the Walk Free Foundation
- Ms Darian McBain, Group Director of Sustainable Development, Thai Union
- Mr William Anderson, Head of Environmental and Social Affairs Asia-Pacific, Adidas
- Ms Anbinh Phan, Director of Global Government Affairs, Walmart
- Mr Winston Cheng, President of International, JD.Com
- Modern slavery in the Indo-Pacific affects over 30 million people. Modern slavery is a regional issue and the interconnectedness of modern supply chains means that private-sector cooperation amongst the countries is key to combating modern slavery.
- Without collaboration from all stakeholders throughout the region, modern slavery will continue to persist within our business supply chains. The eradication of modern slavery is a collective responsibility of business, government, consumers, and other stakeholder groups and a solution must come from the collaborative efforts of these stakeholders.The media and public have a role to play in raising awareness of the issue and building on existing business efforts to address the issue.
- The government-business partnership against modern slavery is critical. Governments in the Indo-Pacific region need to be proactive in creating and enforcing regulation that is consistent across the region and businesses must acknowledge the scale of the problem to commit to taking action.
Jake Davis is an intern at the Perth USAsia Centre.
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