Modern Slavery Risks in the Cleaning and Security Industry

This briefing session brings together academic experts in the fields of modern slavery, labour law compliance, supply chain due diligence and temporary migrant workers, to share insights and advice on how universities can demonstrate leadership in promoting good labour practices. The aim of this briefing is to assist relevant stakeholders in the higher education sector to understand their role in promoting good labour practices, and provide guidance on practically how to do this. This briefing is aimed at professionals working in university procurement and contract management, university modern slavery working groups, university risk and compliance, cleaning and security contractors that currently hold contracts at university campuses.

The briefing covers topics including:

  • Regulatory compliance and the role of lead firms;
  • The role and importance of worker voice in supply chain due diligence;
  • The particular vulnerabilities of cleaners and security guards who are temporary migrant workers, and are often international students themselves.

The briefing includes presentation followed by a Q&A.

  • Martijn Boersma, Moderator – Associate Professor Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Shelley Marshall, Panellist – Associate Professor and Director, RMIT Business and Human Rights Centre
  • Laurie Berg, Panellist – Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Co-Director of Migrant Justice Institute
  • Chris F Wright, Panellist – Associate Professor, The University of Sydney Business School, Co- Director Sydney Employment Relations Research Group (SEERG)

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