Human rights and modern slavery

Respect for human rights is a core commitment of Australia’s minerals industry

Australia’s minerals industry recognises that respect for human rights is integral to responsible business practice. This is expressed in Principle 3 of the Enduring Value – the Australian Minerals Industry Framework for Sustainable Development  which states companies should ‘uphold fundamental human rights and respect cultures, customs and values in dealings with employees and others who are affected by our activities.’ The MCA recognises the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as a practical framework supporting businesses to respect human rights.

The sector also supports the Sustainable Development Goals, 17 interconnected and global goals that together provide a ‘blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030.’  Achievement of the SDGs is directly linked with respect for human rights and actions to support human rights.

Modern slavery

Collaborative action is needed to combat the global problem of modern slavery. The MCA is actively supporting members to prepare for reporting obligations under Australia’s world-leading Modern Slavery Act 2018.

The table below provides a list of key reference materials for companies working to identify, address, monitor and report on modern slavery risks in operations and supply chains.

Australian Government guidance

Walk Free Foundation


UN Office of the High Commission

UN Global Compact