LGP has developed a modern slavery toolkit for Councils
New legislative requirements requiring councils to take steps to ensure the goods and services they procure are not the product of modern slavery, will take effect from 1 July 2022.
From 1 July 2022, under the NSW Local Government Act 1993, all NSW councils will be required to:
► take reasonable steps to ensure that the goods and services they procure are not the product of modern slavery; and
► include a statement in their annual report of the steps taken during that year.
In response, LGP has undertaken a number of initiatives and developed resources to assist councils in responding to the new modern slavery legislative requirements. This includes an online Modern Slavery Toolkit that provides resources to assist councils to identify, assess and manage modern slavery risks.
Access to the Toolkit is available for a small one-off fee of $800 (+GST), which includes ongoing access to current available resources and any future updates and additional resources developed. Currently included in the Toolkit are the following resources:
► Educational factsheet targeted to council executives and procurement staff that contains key information on legislative requirements, what modern slavery is, how to identify it and steps to reduce modern slavery risks in Council’s supply chain.
► Educational factsheet that can be distributed to employees that contains key information on what modern slavery is, how to identify it, why action is needed and tips to reduce risk.
► Modern Slavery Prevention Policy template
► Supplier Code of Conduct template – also incorporates environmental and social value expectations
► Modern slavery tender criteria
► Questionnaire for use when engaging suppliers or buying products
► Pre-purchase Modern Slavery Risk Checklist
► Internal modern slavery awareness training powerpoint template
► Supply chain mapping and risk assessment template
LGP’s other initiatives relating to modern slavery include:
Modern Slavery Risk Assessment
LGP has completed a modern slavery risk assessment across all its panel contracts. As a result, modern slavery risk ratings have been assigned to approved contractors and are displayed as Supplier Intelligence (SI) badges in VendorPanel. These SI badges will assist councils (when purchasing under LGP Contracts) to undertake reasonable steps to ensure the goods and services they procure are not a product of modern slavery. Hence, enabling councils who purchase through the contracts to better meet their legislative obligations related to modern slavery.
Based on our developed and tested methodology, LGP is now able to undertake a modern slavery risk assessment for your council which is very cost-effective.
Modern Slavery Awareness Training
LGP can deliver Modern Slavery Awareness Training to councils. This training can be tailored to include specific content relating to what your council is doing to detect and prevent slavery in Council’s supply chain and any obligations/requirements relating to staff.
We have conducted modern slavery awareness training for contractors and produced a Modern Slavery Toolkit for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).