COMPENDIUM OF MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENTS 2020 — AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC ANTI-SLAVERY NETWORK
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference President
ACAN has been endorsed by the Most Rev Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference .
In a message to Network participants, the Archbishop Coleridge said:
“The formation of the Australian Catholic Antislavery Network (ACAN) is a major achievement within the Church in Australia and far beyond. ACAN has done much in a short time, working to ensure a high level of cooperation and coordination among Australian Catholic entities in dioceses, as well as education, health and aged care, welfare, finance and investment in response to the Modern Slavery Act.
Catholic entities participating in ACAN are strongly positioned to respond effectively to the statutory requirements in the Modern Slavery Act with a comprehensive risk management program. The Modern Slavery Statements of Catholic entities will also form a compendium of Catholic principles and action for the advancement of human dignity and the common good.
Australia can be a leading force in the Catholic world in seeking to eradicate modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour. That is the purpose of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8.7, which was inspired by Pope Francis.”
The full message can be accessed here.
“Australia can be a leading force in the Catholic world in seeking to eradicate modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour. “
Most Rev Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane, President, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. April 2020