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Konica Minolta wins anti-slavery award 

Thursday, 09 November 2017
By Print21

(l-r) David Cooke, managing director, KM, Claire Pearson, CEO Project Futures, Laura McMannus, Ethical Supply Chain Lead, KM

Konica Minolta has won an Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Award in recognition of its commitment to helping combat exploitation through corporate social responsibility (CSR) and ethical sourcing. 

The Freedom Awards raise awareness of all forms of slavery and human trafficking. Nominations were evaluated by an independent expert committee of specialists in the fields of human rights, human trafficking, and labour exploitation. 

“While modern slavery is a global issue, leadership must begin at home and the private sector is a critical stakeholder,” says David Cooke, managing director, Konica Minolta Australia. “We must hold ourselves, our business partners, and those in the business community to account on issues of human rights in supply chains. 

“These days, being a good corporate citizen is more than philanthropy. Companies must turn inward to assess the impact of their core business and operations. A key consideration is whether business activities, or those of suppliers or business partners, negatively affect human rights. We urge all of our employees, customers, partners, and stakeholders to join us in the fight against modern slavery.” 

The Konica Minolta team that made the trip to Cambodia.

Last month, 13 Konica Minolta staff members (pictured, above) travelled to Cambodia to support the Project Futures campaign against human trafficking, slavery and exploitation.

Konica Minolta’s human rights framework is built on three core documents: an ethical sourcing roadmap; supplier code of conduct; and human rights position statement. Its efforts are aligned with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.  This year, Konica Minolta has continued to work with suppliers to better understand where and how their goods and services are procured. Joining other corporate voices, Konica Minolta has also been an active voice in consultations on a proposed legislation for a modern slavery reporting requirement for large Australian organisations. 

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