Promoting the Advancement of Women Everywhere

by Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd

(Business)

A Global Compact member

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Working to advance the position of women internationally and at home: from the rescue of women and girls subject to sexual slavery, to eliminating gender inequality in the workplace.

Project implemented: June 2013

Project goal

To eliminate discrimination, abuse and slavery of women through partnership with female empowerment groups and implementing domestic gender equality practices.

delivering on

why is this project important?

Ensuring the equal, fair and safe treatment of women within our community supports our moral and ethical standards and enriches us as a society.

Key steps to make it happen

1Education

Educate businesses and partners on the importance of ethical supply chains, promoting human rights and gender equality.

2Lead by example

Eliminate gender bias from within, investigate supply chains and business practices and demonstrate fiscal and social benefit

3Partnership and UNGC

Advocate mutual commitment to the advancement of women, promote transparency and a focus on human rights best practice.

4Modern Slavery Act

Legislate supply chain investigation and reporting, to ensure transparency and accountability and compliance.

impact to date

$31,000
$31,000 raised by 2017 Cambodian Immersion team.
$20,000
$20,000 raised by staff donation to Project Futures in November 2017.
757 hours
757 hours donated by over 70 employees in 2017 by volunteering.
$46,247
$46,247 raised by employees for partners from 2017-18
225 kg
225 kg of clothing and educational material donated to The Smith Family in 2018

Increased employee participation in community events with charity partners, including volunteering, immersion and fundraising projects.

Establishment of a two year Ethical Sourcing Roadmap to be complete by 2018, to investigate supply chains and eliminate all unethical practices.

Receipt of two consecutive Workplace Gender Equality Agency awards for excellence in eliminating workplace gender bias and discrimination.

Creation, implementation and enforcement of a Supplier Code of Conduct, to maintain a high level of attention to human rights and ethical practice at all stages of the supply chain.

Konica Minolta was instrumental as an advisor to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade to advocate for the creation of a Modern Slavery Act in Australia.

Konica Minolta has established international humanitarian partnerships with Project Futures to facilitate the rescue and rehabilitation of Cambodian women and girls subject to sex slavery. Also, advocating for the creation of an Australian Modern Slavery Act to eliminate discriminatory, unethical and slave-like conditions present in many business practices. This includes focusing on ethical sourcing, maintaining supply chain responsibility and acting ethically and justly to fulfil humanitarian and environmental commitments. Domestically, partnership with the Smith Family promotes the protection and assistance of vulnerable persons, aiding children to escape poverty and build brighter futures. Our support of the BCNA provides aid in the research and support of women with Breast Cancer. Working towards achieving gender balance as advised by the WGEA in eliminating like-for-like pay imbalance, removing unconscious bias and achieving gender equality at all levels of employment ensures that all people are treated fairly and assessed only on their professional merit. Advancement of women is a key component of the SDGs and must be approached cohesively.

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