Not For Sale in Australia
New Stories from Not For Sale in Australia
November 12, 2013
Do you play sport? TAKE PART IN THE 1ST ‘FREE2PLAY’ DAY || www.teamnfs.org.au
Want to support ethical fashion in Australia? Check out this new info graphic.
September 25, 2013
From the Australian Fashion Report released by Not For Sale Australia and Baptist World Aid.
Australian Fashion Report
August 21, 2013
NFS Australia & BWAA made history in publishing the first Australian focused report that assesses the ethical practices of clothing brands & aims to empower consumers to make ethical fashion purchases. On the power of the report - Jonathan Hirt, NFS AU Country Director said, "Companies cannot change their sourcing habits alone. It will take a unified movement of buyers who will reward products that are ethically made, and who won't stand for ones that are not. This report & the Free2Work grades help empower this process, both for companies and consumers." Download at notforsaleaustralia.org
This past month, members of NFS Australia visited NFS Netherlands in Amsterdam.
July 2, 2013
In the Netherlands, NFS runs a professional culinary training academy & provides nutritious meals through HOME Soup, to women working behind the windows in the city's Red Light District. In doing so, NFS gathers valuable data on vulnerable areas of Eastern Europe. This data helps NFS create effective and relevant solutions that address the origins of human trafficking for the most affected communities. On her experience, one NFS AU representative said, “To see the impact on the ground that NFS is creating…to meet the amazing team in Amsterdam was a truly inspiring & incredible experience.”
SF Giants player Jeremy Affeldt talks NFS & fighting slavery with CNN
June 20, 2013
SF Giants player & Team NFS Ambassador Jeremy Affeldt spoke with CNN about NFS and his passion to fight modern-slavery. Affeldt spoke of his confidence in the future of the abolitionist movement & of the importance of the community getting involved. Since 2010 Affeldt has pledge $250 for every strikeout he throws to NFS global initiatives. As well as Aussie athletes, today NFS is working with 34 MLB players. Team NFS is part of a global movement working towards a world where every child in free to play, everyone is free to work and no one is for sale. More info at www.teamnfs.org
All people should be Free to Play – Not For Sale Australia takes part in annual ‘Team NFS’ Camp
June 12, 2013
Since 2007 NFS has worked alongside Kru Nam, a leading Thai abolitionist, to offer emergency and long-term support to 100s of stateless children rescued from exploitation. Each year, NFS runs a camp with Kru Nam based on the idea that all people should be free to play. This past April, NFS Australia had the privilege of taking part. The camp is first and foremost about having fun, with sports, music and art, karaoke, cooking and lots of laughter through out the week. As NFS AU Director, Jono Hirt said, “The camp is also about taking a moment to reflect and remember why we do what we do.”
Aussie Baseball Players team up with their Major League Heroes to fight slavery
June 12, 2013
Following the example set by over 30 of their Major League heroes; players from the Sydney University Baseball Club have joined Team Not For Sale. This season, the ‘Cynics’ are supporting Not For Sale through individual pledges & team activities. The club used their annual ‘Ladies Day’ event, to raise money and awareness for NFS Australia. Sydney Uni Baseball joins a growing movement of Aussie athletes including Cricketers and Professional Rugby players, who are committed to using their freedom to help end slavery. To find out more visit www.teamnfs.org.au
Never-ending summer for Aussie Cricketers means never-ending support for Not For Sale Projects
June 12, 2013
This past summer, Aussie Cricketers, Ed Cowan & George Bailey pledged to use their on-field achievements to help end slavery, donating $1 to NFS Australia for every run they scored. The Australian summer is now over, but for Ed and George, both summer & cricket continue. George is now in the UK, captaining Australia in the Champions Trophy Tournament, while Ed prepares for the Ashes tour of England in July. As the pair continues to rack up runs (nearly 4000 between them this season), at $1 per run, they continue to provide much needed support for Not For Sale’s projects around the world.
A Project of Not For Sale Australia & Baptist World Aid Australia.
“Companies cannot change their sourcing habits alone. It will take a unified movement of buyers who will reward products that are ethically made, and who won’t stand for ones that are not. Not For Sale’s Free2Work grades help empower this process, both for companies and consumers.” – Jonathan Hirt, NFS Australia Country Director
In the wake of the tragic Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, there has been an increasing desire for Australian consumers to know more about how our clothes are produced and how the workers that make them are treated. This report examines 41 companies (128 brands) operating in Australia, and assesses what efforts they are undertaking to protect the workers in their supply chain from exploitation, forced labour and child labour. This research builds upon work previously carried out in the US focused ‘Apparel Industry Trends’ report, compiled by Free2Work.
Through education, sports, and music, Team NFS creates new futures for children who have been rescued from exploitation and slavery.
Professional athletes from around the world are creating a legacy off the field by teaming up in the fight to end slavery. NFS Australia is working with a number of Australian athletes, inlcuding international cricketers Ed Cowan and George Bailey. Ed and George both raise funds to fight slavery everytime they play!
On January 18th, athletes from all walks of life will be joining Ed and George in this commitment, click below to learn more.
Slavery in Australia & the Asia Pacific
“In the Asia Pacific Region, Australia represents one of the biggest destination hubs for trafficking. Individuals from Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, South Korea, China, several Pacific Islands…migrate or are trafficked into Australia for a variety of employment sectors.” – TIP Report
There are over 30 million slaves in the world today, more than at any other point in history. Human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal industry worldwide and generates more than $32 billion per year. Today, children and adults around the globe are enslaved in sex trafficking, forced labor, debt bondage and military servitude. The United Nations reports that 56% of all victims of human trafficking are from the Asia Pacific Region. Within this region, the trade in human property has manifested to involve the exploitation of women, men, girls and boys, in a wide range of industries and settings.
In the Asia Pacific, Australia represents one of the biggest destination hubs for trafficking. Individuals from Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, South Korea, China, several Pacific Islands and, to a lesser extent, India, Vietnam, Eastern Europe, and Africa, migrate or are trafficked into Australia for a variety of employment sectors. Subsequent to their arrival, however, some of these individuals (namely women) are coerced into prostitution in both legal and illegal brothels. Oftentimes men are placed in more labour intensive situations, such as restaurant work, construction sites or agricultural fields.
To understand the phenomenon of modern slavery, and to formulate a sustainable and replicable response, it is fundamental to view this egregious crime as an international economic crisis. It is from this vantage point that Not For Sale has developed it’s models and methodologies of prevention, restoration and support of survivors.
In the Australian context, many cases of slavery and human trafficking are often not identified and therefore not reported, so the true extent of the problem is not fully known. An increase in public awareness, and a cross-sector response, including government agencies, NGO’s, universities and advocacy groups is helping to more clearly identify the problem in Australia.