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Modern Slavery - What is it and how can business prepare?

This recorded webinar has been designed for our members in business to raise awareness around the upcoming reporting requirements under the NSW and Federal Modern Slavery Bills.

Content Description

The first Modern Slavery reporting period in Australia is predicted to be the 2019/2020 financial year and in order to be prepared, businesses are encouraged to start evaluating supply chains and internal processes now – but how?

Join Katherine and Roger as they provide you with the 101 of Modern Slavery including an update on how the NSW and Federal Bills are progressing. Alison will address the importance of the requirements and the broader opportunities that exist for your business. Nikki will run you through a practical roadmap to assist you in taking the first steps to assessing your supply chains and the processes you can put into place now to prepare for the imminent reporting requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Upon satisfactory completion of this webinar you will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of the purpose of the new legislation and how the reporting requirements will help to strengthen Australia's response against modern slavery.
  • Identify the requirements under both the NSW and federal modern slavery bills.
  • Assess the requirements and the first steps you will need to undertake to assess your current supply chains.
  • Develop processes that will assist in preparation of the Modern Slavery reporting requirements.
  • Recognise the opportunities that exist for your business that will enable you to strengthen processes and add value.

Alison George CA, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Regnan, Alison is a senior leader with deep experience in investment stewardship and ESG, and expertise in energy markets, climate change and corporate governance. She has worked across all aspects of Regnan’s activities in her more than 12 years with the team (commenced 2006); prior roles include ESG Analyst, Engagement Program Manager, and Head of Policy and Governance. A Chartered Accountant, Alison also holds a BA (Jurisprudence) and a Master of Environment. Her experience spans regulation, research and professional services (EY).

Dr Katherine Christ, Lecturer in Accounting, University of South Australia, has a PhD in environmental accounting focusing on water management in the Australian wine industry as well as a First Class Honours Degree in Commerce. Her research interests include sustainability accounting, environmental accounting and, more recently, accounting for modern slavery. She has previously received funding from the Australian Grape and Wine Authority and her research has been published in high level international academic journals and professional publications such as Acuity Magazine, International Accountant, The Sustainability Report, Accountancy Futures and The Conversation. Katherine is committed to both the provision of high quality education to the students in her charge as well as undertaking research with real world impact. .

Nikki Hebenstreit, Senior Manager - Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY, specialises in environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk managements and performance improvement. Nikki's primary focus areas include operational and supply chain risk manahement to protect human rights and support modern slavery policy readiness and ESG due diligence for transaction support and long-term value creaation. Prior to EY, Nikki worked on initiatives at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Roger Burritt, Honorary Professor at The College of Science, The Australian National University in Canberra, has a special focus on environmental management accounting. Roger also holds appointments as Visiting Professor of Sustainability Business Metrics at the Centre for Sustainability Management, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany; Visiting Professor, Management in the International Food Industry, Faculty of Organic Agriculture, University of Kassel, Germany; and Visiting Professor of Excellence, Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Zaragoza, Spain. He is an active publisher with over 125 refereed academic publications, 100 professional articles, and 18 books.


Topic: Reporting

Sub-Topic: Business Reporting, Sustainability

Format: Recorded Webinar

Proficiency Level: Intermediate, Advanced

CPD: Upto 1 hours