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KM’s Cooke adds voice to anti-slavery chorus

Friday, 02 December 2016
By Jake Nelson

Dr David Cooke, Managing Director Konica Minolta, has joined a group of business and religious leaders calling on the Turnbull government to pass laws against slavery-like conditions in Australia’s trading partners.

In an open letter as part of the UN’s International Day for the Abolition of Slavery 2016, the Australian Freedom Network (AFN) asked the federal government to expand on laws it introduced in May to curb worker exploitation. “We believe it is vital that Australian governments and businesses take all reasonable steps to ensure their procurement activities ensure the people producing the goods or services have decent jobs and are free from forced labour or human trafficking,” said James Condon, Chair, Australian Freedom Network.

In their statement, the AFN defined modern slavery as “the ancient forms of slavery itself, human trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage, organ trafficking, forced or servile marriage, and the sale of and exploitation of girls, boys, women and men”.

Dr David Cooke, Managing Director Konica Minolta

David Cooke, who has recently had his managing director contract at Konica Minolta renewed for the third time, was among Australian business leaders who supported the AFN’s call to action, pointing to similar legislation on the books in Britain as a model for fighting modern slavery. “The UK Modern Slavery Act has demonstrated the power of legislation to bring one of the major social issues of our time into prominence and galvanise opposition to this form of human rights abuse. The Federal Government must look seriously at following its UK counterpart.

“I believe every business should take responsibility for ensuring their supply chain is free of modern slavery and other forms of human rights abuse,” said Cooke.

The campaign also counts mining magnate Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest of Fortescue Metals among its supporters.

3 Responses to “KM’s Cooke adds voice to anti-slavery chorus”

  1. December 02, 2016 at 2:34 pm,

    Chester Painter
    said:

    Dear Sirs, it would seem to me that if Dr. David Cooke of Konica Minolta spent as much time in supporting our industry instead of doing ” good deeds ” all over the place, may be our industry would not be disappearing as quickly as it is. May be if he concentrated on reducing click charges or other tangible results, he may be able to change the perceived idea that Konica Minolta has a lot of money to splash around and thus making his representative’s lives a bit easier when it comes to selling a new machine. His ideas may be for the good, but their are a lot of people in our own industry who no longer have a job and got no support what so ever.

    Chester Painter Queens Court Press.

  2. December 02, 2016 at 8:25 pm,

    Andy McCourt
    said:

    Chester – what an extremely churlish and mean comment. It seems you are only interested in your own myopic view of the world, at the cost of bigger issues that are absolutely laudable and far more important than your click charge!! Click charges, toner, inkjet ink etc have NEVER been lower in cost. The human cost of slave-like conditions is immeasurable in its magnitude.

    Huge Kudos to Cooke and Konica Minolta, and Fortescue for their support on this issue.

    I see your website’s home page proudly says ‘Queens Court Press uses Konica Minolta digital presses’

    How about adding “And we proudly support this company’s stance on anti slavery/child exploitation measures”

  3. December 13, 2016 at 8:52 am,

    Fred
    said:

    This is actually interesting.
    It was rumoured at last PacPrint that Dr David Cooke would be go to Japan to work on projects like this globally.
    He wrote his doctorate about a subject like this.
    Don’t mistaken him as a weak leader though!
    I personally find it interesting how much money the copier companies have available, just to entertain customers and to pull off events.Not having a go on his efforts, just in general.
    Click rates won’t go any lower and will in fact increase over the next 12 months.
    If half a cent per sheet makes a difference to anybodies bottom line, then they need to really re-think their business model!

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