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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 understand what forced labor is, why it is critical concern and what they can do about managing and mitigating this unfamiliar risk in their supply chain and operations.

Some of the key points the conference will address include:

  • How to operationalize forced labor due diligence in your supply chain - learn what practices leading companies are undertaking to get to grips with risks that may pertain to their operations
  • Ensure market access to the US - ensure your products are not barred from entering the US market by Customs by complying with the recent change in the consumptive clause to the Tariff Act of 1930 by the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015
  • Understand the developments in forced labor legislation in North America - and the implications for international businesses in terms of compliance with enforcement authorities and regulators 
  • Learn to report and communicate on forced labor - 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 - stop exploitation through third-party labor providers and close entry points to modern-day slavery

For more details you can see the timed agenda here

Speakers include

Paul Lalli

Paul Lalli

global counsel, labor & human rights


Tawny Chritton

Tawny Chritton

director of social impact


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

Declan Croucher

Declan Croucher

senior director of advisory services


Marika McCauley Sine

Marika McCauley Sine

global human rights director


Tu Rinsche

Tu Rinsche

director, CSR

Marriott International

Jon Drimmer

Jon Drimmer

vice president, deputy general counsel

Barrick Gold Corporation

You can see the list of speakers here

Structure of the conference

Day one of the conference will provide an outline and analysis on the nature of forced labor in different contexts and why companies need to engage with the topic. The agenda will also explore how legislation is evolving internationally on forced labor and what practices leading companies are undertaking to get to grips with the 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 agencies that work on forced labor and companies. 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.


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 include job titles from corporate affairs, supply chain, procurement, CSR and sustainability, as well as legal counsels and heads of compliance from international companies importing into the US. 

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

 You can register online here to secure a pass

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, 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 and 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 itself 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.



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


901 E Street NW

Washington, DC


Telephone: +1 202-552-2000


Register for the conference

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

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