What is modern slavery?
Modern slavery describes situations where offenders use coercion, threats or deception to exploit victims and undermine their freedom.
Practices that constitute modern slavery can include:
• human trafficking
• forced labour
• debt bondage
• forced marriage
• the worst forms of child labour.
Modern slavery can occur in any industry and sector. Through the work documented in its modern slavery statement, Mercy Health is ensuring that it is doing its part to address modern slavery.
Mercy Health’s modern slavery statement
Under the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth), organisations are required to develop a modern slavery statement that describes their responses to the risks of modern slavery in their operations and supply chain.
In 2019, Mercy Health joined the Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery Network (ACAN), which is made up of more than 30 Catholic organisations around Australia.
Mercy Health has prepared its Modern Slavery Statement 2020; this statement has been given to Government together with the Statements of other Catholic organisations that are in the ACAN as part of a compendium of modern slavery statements.
The compendium can be viewed online at www.acan.org.au/acan-modern-slavery-statements.
Mercy Health’s work on modern slavery in 2020
Established the Modern Slavery and Ethical Purchasing Working Group
• The Working Group oversees Mercy Health’s work to assess and address modern slavery risks in its operations and supply chain.
Procedures and policies for our staff and suppliers
• Finalised a Modern Slavery Policy for Mercy Health.
• Developed a Supplier Code of Conduct Policy and Supplier Code of Conduct.
• Implemented a modern slavery questionnaire for suppliers.
• Developed a Modern Slavery Risk Management Approach Procedure.
• Updated our Recruitment and Selection Policy.
• Developed or modified documentation, such as letters to suppliers, tender documentation and supply contracts, to respond to the risk of modern slavery.
Internal education and awareness
• The Mercy Health Board, the Mercy Health Foundation Board and the Mercy Health Executive were briefed about modern slavery.
• Some members of the Modern Slavery and Ethical Purchasing Working Group and procurement teams received training on the risks of modern slavery and effective supplier engagement and remediation.
• Mercy Health has also funded E-Learning modules that will be available in 2021.
Read the Mercy Health Modern Slavery Statement.
Last reviewed November 5, 2021.