Trade Aid and World Vision ran a petition (March – June 2021) that urged the government to pass a Modern Slavery Act.
We'd like to say thank you to everyone who signed the petition calling on our government to pass a Modern Slavery Act. Over 37,000 Kiwis played a powerful part in letting the government know that modern slavery should be history. We’ve taken steps towards a Modern Slavery Act in New Zealand!
We want to thank everyone who signed, who turned out and helped spread the word across the country. We’d like to do a massive shout out to the many diverse organisations who helped bring their collective voice to this issue, and finally to the 113 kiwi businesses who supported an Open Letter expressing support for progressing the work required for a Modern Slavery Act.
We will continue to work hard to get this legislation across the line. Trade Aid and World Vision look forward to keeping you in the loop on how you can continue to call on the government to act and introduce effective modern slavery legislation as we move onto the next phase of this vital campaign.
Learn more about what Trade Aid and World Vision are doing in this space.
kEY CAMPAIGN MILESTONES
On 16 March 2021 an open letter was presented to the government by 85 New Zealand businesses expressing their support for progressing the work required for a Modern Slavery Act. Since then 31 other businesses have added their voices. View the open letter with supporting business logos here.
If you are a New Zealand business and you want to add your support read more here.
On Tuesday 29 June we took action against modern slavery and presented a 37,000+ strong petition to Parliament! The Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Michael Wood, has convened an advisory group to advise on Modern Slavery Act legislation.
This is an exciting step forward, and both World Vision and Trade Aid are proud to be a part of this advisory group. We’ll continue to push for legislation that will have real impact, representing your voice and the voices of thousands of other kiwis who care about this issue.
Click here if you would like to check out the photos of us taking action at Parliament.
Following the presentation of the Sign For Freedom petition to Parliament on July 1, 2021 the written submissions of Trade Aid and World Vision New Zealand were considered by the Petitions Committee on 9 Sep, 2021. You can read this joint submission here.
On Thursday 18th November Trade Aid and World Vision made an oral submission to the Petitions Committee. The oral submission gives the chance to explain our petition to the committee and also provides an opportunity for the members to ask questions. The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment and the Human Rights Commission also spoke to their submissions. This is an exciting next step along the journey towards (cross fingers) legislation.
Visit the https://www.facebook.com/petitionscnz/ to watch the oral submission.
cid Collaboration award
Congratulations to the Sign For Freedom team who were announced as the winners of the Council for International Development (CID) Collaboration Award 2021.
The Collaboration Award recognises and celebrates the importance of effective relationships, partnership, and collaborative thinking within and across the sector to tackle global challenges.
Petitions committee responds
We have an exciting update on the Modern Slavery Act journey to share, we are getting closer to reaching our goal!
The government have been urged to bring modern slavery legislation before the House as soon as possible. The Petitions Committee has responded to the petition of World Vision and Trade Aid and recommends the Government bring legislation addressing modern slavery before the house as soon as possible allowing for adequate policy development and public consideration.
Read the report here.
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