Cleanaway has released its FY20 Modern Slavery Statement to identify and mitigate any potential modern slavery risks in the company’s operations and supply chain.
In presenting the statement, Cleanaway CEO and managing director, Vik Bansal, said it is fundamental to the core values of Cleanaway that any form of modern slavery is not tolerated.
“It is our responsibility as the leading waste management company in Australia to find, fix and protect against modern slavery risks in our value chain,” Bansal said.
In September 2020, Cleanaway released its FY20 Sustainability Report, which is aligned to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and details how the company create long-term value towards achieving its mission of “Making a sustainable future possible”.
The waste management company identified nine SDGs that it can have the greatest impact on and on which to focus its efforts.
Cleanaway’s Modern Slavery Statement is directly relevant to priority SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth and SDG 5 – Gender Equality.
“Identifying and mitigating our own involvement in modern slavery is central to our sustainability approach including our commitment to running a safe, responsible and profitable business. There are clear expectations that Cleanaway employees, suppliers and contractors should be alert to possible involvement in modern slavery and should work to prevent and address it,” said Bansal.
“In particular, we’re proud of the work we have done to identify and mitigate modern slavery risks in our commodity sales which is an extension of our supply chain and operations. While the upstream handling of sold recyclable material isn’t necessarily part of our operations, we continue to take care in vetting the buyers of our material in regard to their ethical operations.
“During FY21, Cleanaway will continue to strengthen our efforts against potential modern slavery risks and to further explore additional actions to mitigate the abuse of human rights.” said Bansal.
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