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Slavery inquiry mulls penalty for business

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Slavery inquiry mulls penalty for business

Supermarket giant Woolworths has rebuffed calls for Australians businesses to face penalties if they don’t stamp out slavery in supply chains.

A Senate inquiry is putting the blowtorch on the federal government’s draft laws which will make businesses say what they’re doing to stop modern slavery in their supply chains.

“Penalties would not necessarily drive the right disclosure and change in business culture that is needed to shift the dial on tackling slavery,” Woolworths Group responsible sourcing manager Laura McManus told the hearing in Sydney on Thursday.

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