Every day, people buy products and use services without realising the cost on human lives. Modern slavery is a very real risk on a global scale, even in developed countries. According to the Global Slavery Index, an estimated 50 million people around the world were living in modern slavery in 2021, an increase of 10 million people since 2016.

Freedom from slavery is a human right. In line with our values, Wellways is committed to all people being treated with dignity and respect. For us, this also includes sourcing responsibly, and ensuring the organisations we work with meet our ethical standards and values. We always aim to prevent and address any involvement in modern slavery.

Here, we publish our statement on modern slavery, outlining how we have performed in our response to addressing modern slavery, and how we intend to focus on it in the future. This statement is an important opportunity for us to reflect on our endeavours, share our progress, and recognise where challenges prevail and what we can do better.

The statement includes a description of our structure, our operations and supply chains, and how we address the mandatory criteria outlined in the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth). We identify where there is potential for us to be involved in modern slavery risks in our operations and supply chains. We also explain our due diligence processes and the actions we take to mitigate modern slavery risks, such as developing training for senior managers to ensure procurement decisions are guided by responsible and ethical procurement.

We also explain how we assess the effectiveness of our actions, what we have learned so far, and how we plan to improve next year to further strengthen our commitment to anti modern slavery.