There are more people in slavery now than in any other time in history. The world is small and interconnected. Every time we purchase a product there is a chain reaction felt around the world. Clothing. Sugar. Electronics. No country or industry is unaffected. It’s time to make slavery in our products history.
Join us in standing against slavery in New Zealand supply chains. Unlike many other countries, New Zealand has no accountability legislation that addresses transparency in supply chains. This means that New Zealand companies could unknowingly be importing products or services by which people are exploited and enslaved.
Sign the petition to urge our government to pass a Modern Slavery Act.
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Every household in New Zealand spends on average $34 a week on goods associated with either forced labour or child labour – that’s only slightly less than we spend on electricity a week.
Right now, there is no requirement for businesses to do basic checks on their supply chains. This ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ approach means that it’s almost impossible for kiwis to have confidence that what we buy and use is slavery-free.
Learn more about the risky goods New Zealand imports.
Modern Slavery Acts make it easier for consumers like you and me to expect slavery-free products and services from companies. They help prevent slavery through allowing us to see where things come from - and calling them out if they come from slavery.85 New Zealand companies have already shown their support. They have signed a joint letter urging the government to investigate whether New Zealand needs a Modern Slavery Act.
1.48 million children work for us so that we can eat chocolate.
1 in 5 cotton products sold globally are tainted with forced labour and human rights violations.
40,000 children work in cobalt mines to make the cell phones we use everyday.
On average, in 2019, every adult in New Zealand drank three cups of coffee a week associated with child and forced labour.
No child should have to work instead of going to school. 13-year-old Elijah has been forced to cut coffee plants since he was just 7-years old. For kids like Elijah, the hours are long and the work is dangerous.
In 2019, New Zealand imported more than $45.5 million, or 700 million cups of coffee that was risky. The top four sources of risky coffee were Brazil (27.9%), Colombia (22.1%), Vietnam (20.9%) and Guatemala (9.9%).
You can help protect children from being enslaved in our supply chains. Sign the petition today to urge our government to pass a Modern Slavery Act.
Sign the petition to urge the New Zealand government to pass a Modern Slavery Act.
Karan (12), India
He should’ve been at school, but instead, 12-year-old Karan* worked long, gruelling hours in a shoe factory with dangerous chemicals. “I liked going to school, and if I had a choice, I would rather go back to school and learn than work,” says Karan.
Depending on the amount of work, he would spend 8-9 hours every day in the factory. The factory had been set up in a residential home to keep it hidden from the authorities.
“My work usually involves sticking pieces of the shoe together with glue,” says Karan. “The glue has a very strong smell that makes me dizzy and sick when I use it for too long. I can’t focus on work sometimes because of this, and the manager gets angry and shouts at me when I make mistakes.”
*Name changed to protect identity.
Ima (11), Bangladesh
When Ima was 11, she spent her days working at the shrimp depot. She would desperately try to keep her fingers warm from all the ice by wrapping them in strips of cloth, which only mildly helped. She frequently cut her fingers on the part of the fish that's as sharp as a knife.
The shrimp processing factory stole Ima's dreams. All Ima could see before her was a lifetime squatting for hours in the dark, surrounded by the stench of shrimp.
"When I worked at the shrimp factory, I could not dream," she says. "I felt that I should not dream."
Ima lived in constant fear. She had watched as other girls were beaten when they made mistakes. She was terrified that she would be next.