Following the introduction of the NSW Modern Slavery Amendment Act 2021, NSW councils from 1 July 2022 must take reasonable steps to ensure that goods and services procured by and for the council are not the product of modern slavery. Additionally, a council’s annual report must contain a statement of the steps taken.
In response to these new legislative requirements, Willoughby City Council engaged with LGP’s Sustainable Choice to undertake a high-level modern slavery risk assessment of all their suppliers. The risk assessment assisted council to categorise higher risk suppliers that require support in the prevention of modern slavery. Willoughby City Council will now approach these suppliers, assess the responses, and measure future actions taken against modern slavery. This project has also made suppliers aware of council’s intentions and ongoing actions towards modern slavery prevention.
The Modern Slavery Risk Assessment exercise was conducted by LGP’s Sustainable Choice Team and funded through the LGP Procurement Capability Grants Fund Program FY22.