Thursday, November 30, 2023

Make your school slavery-free

It is estimated that over 40 million people globally are trapped in slavery or slavery-like conditions – one in four of them a child. Some of these are trafficked into slavery and others forced to work in appalling conditions for a pittance.

Much of the coffee and tea we drink, and the cocoa used in the chocolate we eat and drink, can be traced back to these children and adults working in conditions of slavery.

The decisions we make about what we buy can change this. By deciding to buy only products certified slavery-free, we can help eradicate child labour, forced labour and human trafficking and make a difference to the world.

Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS), in collaboration with ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) and the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, has developed this Resource Kit to help your school begin the transition to a slavery-free environment by creating a slavery-free staffroom.

The kit contains some resources that you can modify for your own context – school, region or diocese. We intend the kit to be a dynamic resource, with more material added as new information is available.

We encourage you to let us know what you learn along the transition journey so that it can help in our work with other schools. To share your story or for more information please contact MACS at

Thank you to Caritas Australia and Fairtrade Australia New Zealand (FairtradeANZ) for support in developing this resource kit.

Slavery Free

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