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How business can tackle forced labor and human trafficking

How business can tackle forced labor and human trafficking

26th-27th June 2017, Washington DC

This conference is designed for companies to acquire the knowledge and management systems to address forced labor risks, comply with emerging law and help tackle forced labor globally.

The agenda will provide the foundational knowledge that delegates will need to understand what forced labor is, why it is critical and what they can do about managing and mitigating this unfamiliar risk.

Some of the key points the conference will address include:

  • Ensure market access to the US - ensure your products are not barred from entering the US market by complying with the change in the consumptive clause to the Tariff Act of 1930 by the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015
  • Understand the likely and certain developments in forced labor legislation in North America - and the implications for international businesses in terms of compliance with enforcement authorities and regulators 
  • Learn how to operationalize forced labor due diligence in your supply chain on a practical level - learn what practices leading companies are undertaking to get to grips with risks that may pertain to their operations
  • Discover the practical solutions and emerging innovations that companies can apply to tackle modern-day slavery
  • Learn to report and communicate on forced labor to build your brand reputation as responsible - be ready to comply with new legislation, key stakeholder expectations, and ensure reporting and policy lead to meaningful action
  • Hear about the leading work that is being done by companies in implementing responsible recruitment practices to stop exploitation through third-party labor providers and close entry points to slavery

Speakers include

Paul Lalli

Paul Lalli

Global Counsel - Labor & Human Rights


Darian McBain

Darian McBain

Global Director of Sustainable Development

Thai Union

Marcia Eugenio

Marcia Eugenio

Director, Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor & Human Trafficking, Bureau of International Labor Affairs

U.S. Department of Labor

Kate Kennedy

Kate Kennedy

Managing Director, US Operations

Freedom Fund

Structure of the conference

Day one of the conference will provide a high-level discussion on the nature of forced labor in different contexts, how legislation is evolving internationally on the topic and what practices leading companies are undertaking to get to grips with risks that may pertain to their operations and supply chains.

Day two of the conference will focus on building common understanding between US Government departments and enforcement agencies that work on forced labor, and the international private sector.

Furthermore, the discussions will give companies importing into the United States the opportunity to understand how best to comply with the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 to ensure their access to the US market while helping to tackle forced labor in international supply chains.


Event size and attendee profile

To ensure a confidential environment, the maximum capacity of this event will be restricted to 130-150.

The profile of attendees from the private sector will be legal counsels and heads of compliance from international companies importing into the United States of America as the primary audience. Other functions that would be involved include corporate affairs, supply chain, procurement, CSR and sustainability.

Other significant stakeholders will include representatives from the US government and enforcement agencies as well members of the NGO and legal community. 


Last year’s attendees

Below is a sample of the organizations that attended this conference in 2016: 

  • CEO, Verité 
  • Vice President, Labor Affairs, Corporate Responsibility & Corporate Governance, USCIB 
  • Global Head of Sustainability, Bechtel 
  • Senior VP, Supply Chain, American Apparel and Footwear Association
  • Vice President, Anti-Human Trafficking Campaign, Human Rights First
  • Director, Global Corporate Accountability, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
  • Director, Global Sustainability, Bunge
  • Managing Director, Humanity United
  • Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility, Hilton International
  • Manager Supply Chain Sustainability at Intel Corporation, Intel
  • Legal and Policy Director,International Labor Rights Forum 
  • Managing Director USA, Institute for Human Rights and Business 
  • Council, Foley Hoag
  • Vendor Compliance & Sustainability, Li & Fung
  • CSR Auditor, Intertek
  • Corporate Responsibility Manager, Brown-Forman Corporation
  • Senior Manager, Strategic Planning/Compliance, New Balance Athletics 
  • Director, EcoVadis
  • Director of Policy & Advocacy, Cargill
  • Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Dunkin' Brands


Sponsors of the event 

We are currently seeking a lead sponsor for the conference. If your organization is looking to position as a leader in the business response to modern slavery and forced labor please contact Lewis Hudson (e: to discuss partnership opportunities with the conference.


Chatham House rule

Given the nature of the topics under discussion, and to promote open, candid dialogue, this conference will be held under the Chatham House rule of non-disclosure.


Date and venue

The conference will be held at the Pew Centre in Washington DC.



901 E Street NW

Washington, DC




+1 202-552-2000


Register for the conference

If you would like to join the conference as a delegate, you can register online here to secure a pass. 

If you are looking to attend the conference with two or more colleagues, please email to secure a group discount. 


Contact for the event

Boris Petrovic

Project Director

Innovation Forum

Office: +44 (0)20 3780 7430

Direct: +44 (0)20 3780 7434  



Event partners

supporting partner

Future 500
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