Modern Slavery Statement

Our commitment

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At BDO we pride ourselves on building strong relationships with our people, our clients and our suppliers. This is reinforced by our organisational values – One, Bold, Human, Strive and Heart – which shape our internal culture and inform how we interact with local communities.

We firmly believe that through fostering lasting relationships, we are better equipped to promote a workplace that is ethical and free of human rights abuses.

BDO is committed to:

  • Operating its business in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth), including all emerging amendments to this legislation  
  • Ensuring our people understand modern slavery and the risk it presents to our operations 
  • Providing our people with appropriate avenues for reporting potential instances of modern slavery within our operations, or the operations of our suppliers and/or clients 
  • Mitigating modern slavery risk within our operations 
  • Eliminating potential and/or actual modern slavery practices from our operations and supply chain  
  • Utilising the due diligence completed to date to facilitate effective action plans and ‘next steps’ in the pursuit of modern slavery risk mitigation and elimination using a proactive approach 
  • Ensuring appropriate transparency with our people, clients, suppliers and stakeholders regarding the refinement of our modern slavery due diligence process and the findings arising from this 
  • Enhancing our data insights to better measure the effectiveness of our existing modern slavery risk framework. 

The actions taken to further mature our response to modern slavery risk management in the 2023 Modern Slavery Statement include, but are not limited to:

  • Released new resources for staff in relation to complaints and whistleblowing (guides and web pages) 
  • Expanded due diligence on all current suppliers regardless of industry where they satisfy a pre-due diligence assessment
  • Pre-emptive modern slavery-related due diligence through the EthiXbase platform of all People & Culture contractors
  • The launch and implementation of a revised National Complaints Framework, which includes extensive policies and systems to allow for effective and compliant avenues of complaint by clients. Our Terms of Trade were also amended to reflect these changes. 

BDO’s 2023 Modern Slavery Statement addresses the mandatory criteria outlined in the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth).

Should you require further information outside of what is disclosed in our Modern Slavery Statement, please contact the Director of National Risk and Ethics.