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Stronger Together South Africa

Stronger Together, the Wine and Agricultural Ethical Trade Association (WIETA) and the Sustainability Initiative of South Africa (SIZA) have partnered to support South African agri-businesses to address the risk of forced labour within their businesses and supply chains. The programme has been funded by the UK Home Office Modern Slavery Innovation Fund.

An estimated 24.9 million people are in situations of forced labour globally today. Due to a number of contributing factors, agriculture is a sector with a high risk of labour exploitation. However, many businesses within this sector are not aware of, or able to address this exploitation that may be taking place within their businesses and supply chains today.

Through free dual-language (Afrikaans & English) training workshops and practical resources this initiative is designed to equip these businesses:

  • With the knowledge to understand what forced labour is and how to spot the signs
  • With the skills, and tools to address forced labour risks and vulnerabilities within their operations
  • To implement responsible labour management practices to address forced labour risks
  • To implement a response plan should any form of forced labour be suspected or found.

The initiative will also facilitate dialogue between the different supply chain partners and producers. Organisations and businesses involved in the supply chain of agricultural produce from South Africa to national or international markets can get involved by:

  • Referring to and supporting your producers to engage with the programme by attending the training and using the free resources
  • Contributing to the programme by becoming a partner.

Contact us to find out more.

Opportunity to host a workshop

Engage, inform and equip your suppliers and employees – if you provide a venue, local expert Stronger Together facilitators can deliver a free Tackling Forced Labour Workshop (presented in Afrikaans & English) at your site to between 20-30 attendees from your region. Contact us with your name, organisation and location: [email protected] | +27 (0) 21 880 0580.

Report exploitation

Contact details of organisations to report suspicions of/or forced labour exploitation to:

  • The South African National Human Trafficking Resource Line: Contact: 0800 222 777 | www.0800222777.org.za
    The South Africa National Human Trafficking Resource Line is able to assist with any queries from either producer or farm management as well as from potential victims of forced labour themselves.
  • The Salvation Army: Toll-free number: 08000 RESCU (73728) | www.salvationarmy.org.za/anti-human-trafficking

Always call the police in an emergency.

Download this information as a PDF in English or Afrikaans.

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Register on our website now to download our free resources, book onto an interactive training workshop and to stay in touch with us via our email newsletters and training updates.

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Register your interest for becoming a partner organisation for Stronger Together South Africa programme.

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Stronger Together offers in-house training and consultancy services to meet your organisation’s specific needs, and support you to tackle modern day slavery within your business and supply chains. Our training and support are delivered in any business, in any sector, in any country, by our network of expert trainers, consultants and lawyers. Find out more.

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Programme Development Partners

The Wine and Agricultural Ethical Trade Association (WIETA) represents the wine industry in actively promoting ethical trade in their value chain. They are a multi-stakeholder, non-profit, membership organisation that supports producers through capacity building and audits to assess compliance with the WIETA code of good practice.

The Sustainability Initiative of South Africa (SIZA) is a non-profit membership organisation, aimed at enabling South African Agriculture to be a global leader in sustainable, ethical trade and environmental stewardship. It is a holistic programme that identifies problems that may exist and responds with appropriate support and interventions.

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