Did you know this week has been Global Goals Week? The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were launched 5 years ago by world leaders at the 2015 General Assembly and consist of 17 high-level goals with 169 targets. By eliminating old divisions between North and South it gives all of us a role in responsible, respectful co-habitation on our planet. The UN goals are ambitious, but they are achievable with the help of partnerships between governments, NGOs, international organisations, and businesses. These goals bind the UN bodies, representatives, and staff—as well as their many partners—around a common mission.
The Fair Trade Association recently joined the call for Australian business to remove modern slavery from its supply chains. As part of our social justice objectives, we support the legislative requirements already in the Federal Law and the proposed NSW State Law which has been passed but not proclaimed. I want to explore the complementary role of Fair Trade to these campaigns as living examples attempting to build viable supply chains that deliver slavery free livelihoods with dignity.