I love progress.
Sometimes it feels like we are living in a crazy time in history where if anything, we are seeing society reversing instead of progressing. So it's worth celebrating the moments (big and small) where we make some good decisions right?
Last week the Australian government pledged announced plans to introduce legislation to crack down on modern slavery by forcing big companies to be more transparent. So businesses that earn over $100 million will need to clearly identify the steps they are taking to address slavery by publishing a public statement every year outlining how they are scrutinising their supply chains and ensuring they aren't complicit in forced labour or human trafficking.
It may seem like common sense that our actions have implications. For someone, somewhere. One of Newton's laws is that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. That may actually be one of the only things a remember from high school biology! But for some reason, not everyone who travels seems to understand or take seriously that our decisions and the choices we make and activities we partake in while "on holidays" really does have an impact on the people, the communities and the culture of the country we are merely passing through. I certainly don't want to come across as condescending - in fact I am the first to admit I have made mistakes while travelling and with knowledge and maturity I would definitely make different decisions now in some situations that I may have found myself in during my late teens and early 20s. And in my early 30s I also don't suppose to be expert on anything! However, I also strongly believe ignorance is NOT bliss under any circumstance. That's actually not good enough!
Rip Curl, has been accused of using slave labour in North Korea to produce its clothing and now more iconic Aussie surf brands are facing questions about their questionable supply chains. In the past, labels like Rip Curl, Billabong and Quicksilver have refused to publish a list of the factories they use for production. And where there's no transparency, there are bound to be questions asked and sure enough, it was only a matter of time before someone is exposed.