Modern Slavery Seminar and 'Q&A'

On Thursday March 4 and Tuesday March 16 2021, APPA will be running two separate events for APPA members interested in pursuing an interest in or accelerating their knowledge of Modern Slavery; a Modern Slavery Seminar and a Modern Slavery 'Q&A' for APPA members.


Modern Slavery Seminar (including the launch of an Ethical Sourcing and Modern Slavery Policy as a free resource for APPA members)
Date: Thursday 4th March
Time: 3.30 - 4.45pm AEST
RSVP: Click here to register now

The introduction of Australia’s Modern Slavery Act 2018 requires businesses with an annual turnover of $100 million to take steps to address modern slavery in their supply chains and report publicly on the effectiveness of their efforts. With over 6,000 Modern Slavery reporting companies in Australia, is your business Modern Slavery ready to meet their promotional product procurement needs? 

The introduction of the Act doesn’t just effect these big companies, it also effects the supply chain of the supply chain, including APPA members. What our industry is now experiencing is the broader trend of companies wanting to commit to higher human rights standards across their operations and supply chains and with clients asking distributors to provide evidence of policies and procedures for managing modern slavery risks. So where do you begin?  

This online seminar will help members understand: 

  • The Modern Slavery Act and how SME’s are being captured by the legislation;
  • The procurement processes of a reporting entity, and
  • How to introduce and implement APPA’s new industry specific Modern Slavery/Ethical Sourcing Policy to help meet your responsibilities and client’s expectations 

Event Program: 

  • 3.30 - 4.00pm: Ethical Sourcing – the Why and How (Alexander Walrut of Sedex) 
  • 4.00 - 4.15pm: Case Study - Practical Implementation of a Company’s Ethical Sourcing Process (Sean Joyce, Real Pet Food Company)
  • 4.15 - 4.45pm: Introducing APPA’s Newest Resource for Members- Ethical Sourcing & Modern Slavery Policy (Sonja Duncan, SD Strategies) 

Guest Speakers: 

  • Alexander Walrut (Head of Australia Office, Sedex) 
    Alexander Walrut joined Sedex in 2019 as Head of Office for Sedex in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the Pacific Islands. As Head of Office Alex is responsible for overseeing the growth, support and capacity building of Sedex’s members in the region. 
  • Sean Joyce (Real Pet Food Company) 
    Sean is an executive level procurement and operations professional spanning 14 years across local, regional and global markets in the FMCG sector and is currently the Global Head of Procurement for the Real Pet Food Company (RPFC). He has been instrumental in leading RPFC’s response to the Modern Slavery legislation and is currently finalising the company’s first Modern Slavery Statement. Sean’s passion for ethical sourcing and sustainable procurement was developed during a 13 year career with Nestle working across the UK, Singapore and Oceania regions while working on Nestle’s cocoa and chocolate procurement functions, an industry sector with significant child and forced labour risks.  
  • Sonja Duncan (SD Strategies)
    Sonja works to encourage, empower and support organisations to become sustainability leaders. With 27 years’ experience in environmental, WHS and social impact auditing, gap analysis, stakeholder consultation, training, risk management and strategy development, she is a sought-after sustainability consultant. She helps businesses operationalise the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and meet or exceed the requirements of modern slavery legislation. Sonja cares deeply about the ‘unseen’ people in supply chains and is passionate about making a difference to the lives of vulnerable and exploited people. She has worked throughout Australia and the Asia-Pacific region across a range of industry sectors including mining, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, health care and agriculture.  

Modern Slavery Q&A (with APPA Member Ethical Merch Co)
Date: Tuesday 16th March
Time: 11.00am AEST
RSVP: Email wesley@appa.com.au to register

Join APPA CEO Wesley Fawaz and APPA Member Nathan Kingston from Ethical Merch Co for the Modern Slavery Q&A, during which Nathan will give participants an insight into what clients are looking for when it comes to Modern Slavery. Many clients are asking increasingly challenging questions due to the introduction of Federal Modern Slavery legislation in 2020, and Nathan will answer questions relevant to this legislation and associated issues in this live and open Q&A. 

Nathan Kingston has been in the promotional industry for over 12 years. He is passionate about encouraging businesses to build ethical supply chains and tackle Modern Slavery head on. Nathan advises governments and different industries on Modern Slavery in supply chains and has built his whole business around looking into Modern Slavery for his clients prior to purchasing. He has a team in China, Bangladesh and Pakistan who ensure the products they are purchasing include thorough audits on Modern Slavery.