Modern Slavery Act
This document outlines FPA Australia’s current and proposed actions to understand all possible modern slavery threats associated with its business, and to put in place initiatives to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not present in its own operations or supply chains.
FPA Australia, including its affiliated and subsidiary businesses, recognises that it has a duty under the Modern Slavery Act 2018 to take a strong stance against slavery and human trafficking.
FPA Australia is fully committed to combating slavery and human trafficking in its business operations, as well as ensuring that supply chains are free of slavery and human trafficking.
Company Structure & Supply Chain
FPA Australia is a long standing provider of disposable food packaging in the Australian marketplace. Our reputation is based on over 30 years’ experience. Headquartered in Perth, Western Australia, FPA Australia has operations nationally in Australia, and also supplies food packaging products to New Zealand. FPA Australia currently employs over 80 people in Australia.
FPA Australia provides food packaging solutions to a range of organisations, in various sectors including food, retail, healthcare, entertainment & industrial.
FPA Australia has a broad product range, with a current SKU count of 3121. Due to the broad quantity and range of goods sold to our customers, FPA Australia has a multifaceted supply chain. FPA Australia does source some products from Australia, however we also import. FPA Australia currently imports products from China, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan and New Zealand.
FPA Australia’s Culture, Values, Mission & Vision
Our Mission is to develop sustainable packaging solutions that leave the world a cleaner place for future generations.
We will become the leading sustainable packaging solutions provider in Australia by proudly being the most convenient, reliable, and easiest company to do business with in our sector.
We are proud of being renowned for continuous improvement and delighting our customers with quality products and convenient service.
We are an organisation that values respect, learning, recognition for good work and constructive conversations. We do not value negative attitudes or accept poor standards.
Modern Slavery Mission Statement
“As a leading national supplier of food packaging products, FPA Australia recognises that modern slavery and human trafficking continue to be major concerns that pose significant challenges for industries worldwide. In line with our company values, we are committed to continuous improvement of our operations and practices to eliminate modern slavery and human trafficking within our supply chains. FPA Australia maintains a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and will continue to act with integrity in all of our business arrangements”.
- Ethical Sourcing Policy
- Ethical Business Practices
Modern Slavery Steering Committee
Our project team to implement and maintain the proposed Modern Slavery Practices consists of –
Gary O’Brien – General Manager
Lindsay Ride – National Procurement Manager
Tanya Sly – Business Development Manager
Kim Willow – Purchasing Supervisor
Ron Men – Purchasing Officer
Supply Chain Risks
As many of our products are sourced from overseas, it’s imperative FPA Australia considers how this comprehensive supply chain could potentially be linked to modern slavery.
Below is a list of potential identified risks –
- Non Transparency – due to the physical distance between FPA Australia and its suppliers, ensuring compliance from suppliers may be challenging.
- Traceability – as these suppliers may source raw materials and other components from other companies, it becomes harder to trace these sources for modern slavery compliance.
- High-Risk Countries –Sourcing from some locations that are deemed to have an increased of modern slavery.
- Timeframes – with an increased demand on sourcing products in shorter timeframes, there is a higher risk of forced excessive working hours.
Risk Mitigation & Due Diligence
FPA Australia recognises the importance of mitigating the aforementioned risks, and plans to undertake due diligence in relation to slavery and human trafficking when considering new suppliers. FPA Australia also commits to reviewing our existing suppliers on a periodic basis. Our due diligence and reviews will include:
- Risk Mapping – Mapping the supply chain to determine the threats of modern slavery and human trafficking in procurement of individual goods, or procurement from particular geographical areas.
- Risk Management – Assessing the modern slavery and human trafficking risks of new suppliers.
- Audits – Conducting supplier audits or assessments which have a greater degree of focus on slavery and human trafficking where general risks are identified.
- Risk Mitigation – If a supplier is considered high-risk due to their location and/or a lack of acceptable policies/processes, then the FPA Australia Steering Committee will raise an investigation and consider ceasing trade with the high-risk supplier.
Further actions to address Modern Slavery
FPA Australia recognises the importance of cultivating an ethical supply chain, and has placed a high priority on implementing all procedures and assessments outlined in this document to combat modern slavery. FPA Australia holds long-term relationships with most of its suppliers, which allows us improved communication and enhanced trust in our business transactions.
Sedex – Sedex is one of the world’s leading ethical trade membership organisations, working with businesses to improve working conditions in global supply chains. Sedex provides an online platform, tools and services to help businesses operate responsibly and sustainably, protect workers and source ethically. FPA Australia is a member of Sedex, and will follows their procedures and guidelines to improve our responsible and sustainable business practices, ensuring we source responsibly.
FPA Australia will raise awareness of modern slavery issues by circulating information to employees. FPA Australia will endeavour to communicate information to relevant employees relating to –
- The principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2018, and how they apply to FPA Australia.
- What employees can do to report any identified slavery and human trafficking to the Modern Slavery Steering Committee.
- FPA Australia’s ongoing progress relating to Modern Slavery.
Evaluating The Effectiveness Of Our Approach
To measure our effectiveness in mitigating modern slavery in our organisation and supply chain, we have developed the following key performance indicators (KPI’s) –
- Build an internal FPA Australia Modern Slavery database, which will
include the following –
- Current FPA Australia Supplier Questionnaire.
- Signed copies of FPA Australia’s Supplier Questionnaire from all suppliers.
- Risk Map of FPA Australia’s suppliers.
- Internal risk assessment checklist for any potential suppliers.
- Any relevant audit information
and Sedex documentation.
- Any relevant instruction manuals relating to the assessments and procedures mentioned in this document.
- Responsibility task sheet – list of responsible staff member for all aforementioned FPA Australia modern slavery procedures, including a completion checklist.
- Relevant staff training schedule.
- Ensure all requirements of the Sedex membership are met.
- Ensure all relevant FPA Australia staff are fully aware of FPA Australia modern slavery procedures.
In line with our continuous improvement, FPA Australia values integrity within its business and commits to applying the due diligence and risk mitigation activities outlined in this document. This statement has been approved and issued on behalf of FPA Australia by Gary O’Brien, General Manager, on the 5th May 2021.