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Ethical trade and human rights forum

Ethical trade and human rights forum

Transforming supply chains for responsible business at scale

19-20 October 2015, London, UK

Created in partnership with the Ethical Trading Initiative, this multi-stakeholder conference is designed to move delegates beyond an audit and CSR-based era to a future of transformative and scalable change for sustainable trade.  

This conference will provide you with:

  • A holistic view the state of ethical trade, human rights and business and the action needed to create fundamental change
  • What future models of collaboration and partnership will look like, (brand-to-brand, with governments, and between hemispheres) and how to create them
  • What the world is evolving into economically, socially and demographically and what it means for companies and workers

A range of breakout sessions will deliver practical, participatory discussions on:

  • Key issues such as the implications of the Modern Slavery Act, empowering women workers, and preventing exploitation of migrant labour in your supply chain
  • Real-life experience, to  ensure that business efforts are informed directly by workers and supplier management, including women, vulnerable and migrant workers
  • Best practice in implementing meaningful human rights performance in reporting, due diligence and grievance mechanisms

Speakers include

Katharine Stewart

Katharine Stewart

Ethical Trade Director


John Morrison

John Morrison

Executive Director

Institute for Human Rights and Business

Dan Rees

Dan Rees


Better Work programme IFC/ILO

Sharan Burrow

Sharan Burrow

General Secretary

International Trade Union Confederation

Rubana 	Huq

Rubana Huq

Managing Director

Mohammadi Group, Bangladesh

Manuel 	Baigorri

Manuel Baigorri

Sr. Director of Sustainability

Levi Strauss & Co.

Brent Wilton

Brent Wilton

Global Director, Workplace Rights and Human Rights 

The Coca Cola Company

Marcela Manubens

Marcela Manubens

Global VP for Social Impact



The Ethical Trade and Human Rights Forum is a partnership between Innovation Forum ( and the Ethical Trading Initiative ( The event builds on the success of Innovation Forum’s November 2014 conference in London.

The 2015 conference will combine Innovation Forum’s experience in the human rights and business area with the extensive network and leadership of the Ethical Trading Initiative in promoting worker rights around the globe.

Objectives of the conference

  • Lead the debate on transformational business strategies on how to tackle human rights issues in supply chains for the next decade.
  • Disseminate best practice – provide a platform where leading organisations share practices that demonstrate meaningful progress.
  • Provide expertise – a platform for experts, decision-makers and practitioners to share know-how on ethical trade and human rights issues in their supply chains.
  • Real-life experience – ensure that business efforts are informed by direct experience from workers themselves, including women, vulnerable and migrant workers

Confirmed speakers

We expect to have 50 top-level speakers by the time of the event. Some of those confirmed include: 

  • Peter McAllister, executive director, Ethical Trading Initiative
  • Giles Bolton, director of ethical trading, Tesco
  • Marco Gonçalves, SVP, chief procurement officer, Nestle S.A.
  • Aleix Gonzalez-Busquets, global head of external stakeholder engagement, C&A
  • Laurie Lee, chief executive officer, CARE International UK
  • Philip Chamberlain, chair, Ethical Trading Initiative
  • Amit A. Pandya, former chief of staff, International Labor Affairs Bureau, US Department of Labor
  • Sean Ansett, chief sustainability officer, Fairphone
  • Phil Bloomer, executive director, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

See the current speaker list here


This conference is designed particularly for organisations operating in the following sectors:

  • Farming, fresh produce and soft commodity supply chains
  • Factories, apparel, garments, toys and electronics
  • Branded manufacturers and retailers
  • Public procurement
  • Civil society organisations and charities
  • Trade unions

 There will be 250-350 senior professionals attending.  


We are currently looking for a small number of sponsors to work with, to push forward progressive discussion on ethical trade and human rights.

Please contact Boris Petrovic, details below, if you would like to discuss being a sponsor for this event.


If you would like to discuss further being involved as a speaker, sponsor, media partner or delegate. Please drop an email to Boris Petrovic:

Boris Petrovic

Project director

Innovation Forum

Office: +44 (0)20 3780 7430

Direct: +44 (0)20 3780 7434  



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