Brickworks is committed to respecting and supporting the dignity, well-being and human rights of employees and the supply chain, working collaboratively with our partners and suppliers to ensure business is conducted in an honest and ethical manner. This includes identifying and addressing modern slavery and human rights risks throughout the business and supply chain.
It is estimated that more than 40 million people globally are victims of modern slavery. Almost half of these are exploited through forced labour practices in the private sector, including in the construction, manufacturing, forestry, mining and quarrying sectors. These sectors are especially relevant to the industries that Brickworks both serves and sources from.
Brickworks opposes all forms of slavery and forced labour.
The Brickworks Group’s first Modern Slavery Statement was released in March 2021, in response to the Federal Modern Slavery Act 2018. It is driven by, and reflective of our commitment to act on any incidences of modern slavery in our supply chain. The statement aligns with and complements our aim of improving Brickworks’ sustainability disclosures. It is part of our overall Sustainability Strategy which links our sustainability commitments with our business strategy.
During FY20, Brickworks engaged experts in the field to undertake a review of current processes to enhance our governance around modern slavery management. A modern slavery management framework has been created which includes: a modern slavery policy and a supplier modern slavery code of conduct; assessment of our operations and supply chain for risks of modern slavery including convening an internal workgroup; engagement with current and new suppliers; training for employees; reporting to the audit and risk committee and annual reporting with the publication of the modern slavery statement.
Brickworks will continually monitor and respond to administrative and best practice developments in the field of modern slavery management. This will include developing terms of reference for an internal working group responsible for responding to known or possible incidence of modern slavery in our operations and/or supply chain.
The policies and standards that set out Brickworks commitment to human rights and addressing modern slavery legislation include: