Local Government Procurement (LGP) has recently completed its second annual modern slavery risk assessment across all its panel contracts. As a result, updated modern slavery risk ratings have been assigned to LGP Approved Contractors and are displayed as Supplier Intelligence (SI) badges in VendorPanel.
These SI badges 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 requirements related to modern slavery.
The NSW Modern Slavery Amendment Act 2021 commenced on 1 January 2022. As a result the NSW Local Government Act 1993 has been amended. From 1 July 2022, 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.