Modern slavery man making clothing

Modern slavery still rampant in fashion

Fashion continues to be largely responsible for modern slavery, according to a new report from the Walk Free Foundation.

The Global Slavery Index 2018 has found that G20 countries play a major role as they import US$354 billion of at-risk products annually.

Fashion rates among the top five, and is collectively responsible for US$127 billion of the US$354 billion.

  • an estimated 40 million people are affected by modern slavery
  • gender inequality is still at large: women and girls make up 71% of modern slaves
  • the most at-risk garments come from China, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil and Argentina
  • in Australia, more than 70 per cent of clothes are sourced from countries where garment manufacturing is considered at-risk of modern slavery.

While 12 G20 countries are still yet to take formal action, Australia is set to introduce legislation later this year. It’s understood the Modern Slavery Act will enforce large Australian businesses, with an annual consolidated revenue of more than $100 million, to publically report on the steps they are taking to ensure their supply chain and practices are not contributing to modern slavery. While the details are yet to be known, it’s a step in the right direction.

July 30, 2018