Ethical Sourcing and Modern Slavery Policy

Date Published:
August 26, 2020
Last Updated:

The business plays an important role in respecting and promoting human rights and eradicating modern slavery . We recognise that modern slavery is a complex problem, best tackled by collective commitment and responsibility to bring it to an end and we are committed to working with all our stakeholders to fulfil this common goal.
The purpose of this Policy is to ensure that the Potentiate group of companies:
• are compliant with local, national and other applicable laws and regulations in the areas in which the businesses operate;
• group companies source products and services in accordance with legal obligations and community expectations while working with suppliers  to improve their social and environmental practices;
• group companies act to prevent, mitigate and where appropriate, remedy modern slavery in their operations  and supply chains .

Suppliers and group companies Shall;
(a) Not use forced labour
(b) Not use child labour
(c) Maintain professional, transparent wages and benefits book-keeping.
(d) Comply with work hour laws
(e) Provide an equal opportunity workplace
(f) Ensure no harassment of abuse
(g) Provide Freedom of association, grievances mechanisms and recourses
(h) provide a safe and hygienic working environment that is without risk to health, taking into consideration knowledge of the relevant industry and any specific hazards.
(i) Not engage in bribery
(j) Ensure Subcontractors maintain the same standards
(k) Comply with local environmental laws
(l) Ensure animals are treated humanely
(m) Ensure migrant workers shall have the same entitlements as local workers as stipulated by local law.
(n) Provide each employee with an employment contract

The Australian Modern Slavery Act 2018 took effect on 1 January 2019, and while it does not require Potentiate to make annual public reports (Modern Slavery Statements). Potentiate has elected to provide a policy to manage risks in their operations and supply chains.

1 Modern slavery includes the crimes of human trafficking, slavery and slavery like practices such as servitude, forced labour, forced or servile marriage, the sale and exploitation of children, and debt bondage. Source: Walk Free Foundation.
2 'Suppliers’ is defined as factories, supplier sites and providers of goods or services to Wesfarmers and its divisions/business units.
3 ‘Operations’ is defined as activity controlled by Wesfarmers and its divisions/business units.
4 ‘Supply chains’ is defined as suppliers and service providers to Wesfarmers and its divisions/business units.
5 ‘Child labour’ is defined as any work by a child or young person, which does not comply with the provisions of the relevant ILO standards, and any work that is likely to interfere with that person’s education, or to be harmful to that person’s health or mental, spiritual, moral or social development. ‘Child (or Children)’ is defined as a person under the age of 15, or below the age at which school attendance is not compulsory under local law, whichever is older. ‘Young Person’ is defined as a person under the age of 18 but not classified as a child.