'Better to have a little with righteousness than to have abundant income without justice.' Proverbs 16:8
There are at least 27 million slaves worldwide. That’s roughly the combined population of Australia and New Zealand. Did you know that the lifestyle of an average Australian is likely sustained by more than 50 modern-day slaves? Whether they be in bonded labour, trafficked conditions or other forms of exploitation, their living conditions are equated to slavery. Find out more - including your own ‘slavery footprint’ at slaveryfootprint.org
If you want to avoid buying brands and products that have exploitation in their supply chains, download the ‘Shop Ethical’ app. This is the most popular digital guide to ethical shopping in Australia. It shares the social and environmental record of companies behind the common brands you buy so you can make informed purchasing decisions.
Make it a priority to ensure your supply chains are ethical and that a fair portion of the profit is given to the producers and workers. “Few companies set out deliberately to commit unethical practices. But the quest for competitive advantage can have a serious impact on the way products are made, and how workers are treated. The supply chain is a prime location for taking action. It encompasses many if not most of the processes that are subject to unethical behaviour.”
- Ann Grackin, ChainLink Reseach
Have you thought about your church inventory? From bulk buys of coffee through to electronic purchases, you can vote with your dollar to support ethical companies, and ensure your products did not originate further down the supply chain with forced, child or trafficked labour. World Vision have a great tool available, specifically designed for churches. Jump online to download a copy of: A Church’s Guide to Ethical Purchasing: Take action to reduce demand for trafficked and exploited labour.
The majority of multinational companies will only do as little as is needed to appease consumers, so use your voice to demand more ethical practices, transparency of processes and supply chains. Use social media and email to:
• Contact a company that you believe should be operating to a higher ethical standard than current practices.
• Share your knowledge with your friends and family.
This has the power to shift business practices, and many companies have already responded in varying degrees to consumer pressure such as this.