Alba Print Management

Modern Slavery - Joint Responsibilities

November 2021


To address the issue of modern slavery, the Modern Slavery Act 2018 introduces the requirement for Australian companies with annual consolidated revenue of AUS100m or more to report that modern slavery does not exist either in their company, or in their supply chain. Whilst Alba Print does not need to undertake this reporting itself, we recognise that we, and our suppliers, are part of the supply chain of local and global companies that do need to report. Hence we are reviewing Joint Responsibilities throughout our supply chain.

This Joint Responsibilities document aims to satisfy our clients that Alba and our supply chain are not engaged in the practice of modern slavery.



What is modern slavery?

Modern slavery involves the exploitation of workers - when a person cannot refuse or leave their place of work, because of threats, violence, coercion, abuse of power, or deception. Modern slavery is not the same as poor working conditions or low pay, although, such conditions underpin and are foundational to slavery.

Someone is in modern slavery if they are:

  • forced to work through coercion or mental or physical threat​

  • owned or controlled by an ‘employer’ through abuse or threat of abuse

  • dehumanised and treated as a commodity, or bought and sold as ‘property’​

  • physically constrained or have a restriction placed on their freedom of movement.


Who is affected by modern slavery?

The Global Slavery Index (see links below) estimates that 40.3 Million people are in modern slavery today. 71% of people in modern slavery are women and girls, and 25% are children.

Modern slavery in Australia

It is estimated that there are 15,000 people in modern slavery in Australia. However our connection to modern slavery is much larger when considering our global supply chains. It is estimated 30 million people are in modern slavery within the Asia-Pacific region where many of the goods and services sourced by Australian entities are mined/harvested, manufactured or finished in some way.


Each year, Australia imports nearly US$12.5bn worth of goods potentially “at-risk” of being produced using modern slavery (electronics = $7bn​; garments = $4.5bn; ​fish = $370m; ​rice = $40m​; cocoa = $22.5m)​.


Alba’s Supply Chain

The Global Slavery Index considers Australia’s main exposure to modern slavery risks are in the consumption of electronic goods and garments. 

Alba’s supply chains are based domestically and throughout the world and include the supply of garments (branded apparel) and electronic good (branded promotional products).



Alba’s Commitments

Alba is committed to joint responsibility with our supplier base by:


  1. notifying all existing suppliers of our expectations and their obligations in relation to the prohibition of modern slavery;

  2. risk assessing all new suppliers using the Global Slavery Index and ask them to certify that they have taken steps to eradicate modern slavery within their own organisation and supply chain;

  3. incorporate anti-slavery and human trafficking obligations into procurement agreements and subcontracting arrangements on a risk assessed basis;.

  4. where appropriate we will include reference to the Modern Slavery Act 2018 in our policies and procedures.

  5. complying with all applicable domestic and international laws.


If you have any questions, please contact me at:


Yours sincerely,


Mark G. Mulgrew
Proprietor, Alba Print Management Pty Ltd


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