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1 May 2022

Natalia Szablewska, Rebecca Kingi, Rebekah Armstrong and Quintin Lake

New Zealand: Independent report recommends elements for new law to address modern slavery

"An Opportunity for Impact: Recommendations for regulating modern slavery in supply chains in Aotearoa New Zealand" May 2022


Recommendation 1: Legislation addressing modern slavery should apply to all entities operating in Aotearoa New Zealand and their international and domestic supply chains [...].

Recommendation 2: Transparency in domestic and international supply chains should be a key feature of the legislation. [...]

Recommendation 3: Aotearoa New Zealand should adopt a mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence approach, focusing on both human rights and environmental risks. [...]


Recommendation 6: The New Zealand Government should establish an Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner role and provide for the allocation of sufficient resources to support the post and activities of a Commissioner’s office.


Recommendation 8: The legislation should provide for accountability mechanisms, including financial penalties, exclusion from public tender and public listing as a non-compliant entity if entities fail to discharge obligations, including failure to adhere to mandatory reporting criteria. [...]

Recommendation 9: The legislation should provide remedy for workers subjected to modern slavery, including mechanisms to seek redress. [...].

Recommendation 10: The New Zealand Government should review international legislative developments regarding banning imports linked to all forms of forced labour [...].