Events and insight for sustainability

How business can better manage human rights risks

How business can better manage human rights risks

What does ethical trade, modern slavery and forced labour mean for managers and boards?

24th-25th October 2016, London

Two days of leading analysis, debate and discussion

This two-day conference is designed to provide companies with leading insight and training on how they can best engage and manage human rights risks in their operations and supply chain.

The conference will provide guidance to business practitioners on how to:

  • Comply - and go beyond - the Modern Slavery Act – learn how to produce a credible modern slavery statement, what to do in case of a discovered case of slavery and how to engage senior management on the issue
  • Frame an effective due diligence approach that can adapt to changing expectations and different human rights challenges
  • Map your supply chain for human rights risks – understand how to look more deeply into your supply chain to identify and mitigate risks more efficiently
  • Build effective grievance mechanisms and worker engagement that help you to unearth risks early
  • Understand the role of whistle-blowers and activist in supporting your effort human rights effort and the values of your business
  • Engage with migrant worker issues – understand the implications for business operations from the growing refugee crisis and how to respond
  • Understand how to create a remediation program - hear how best to respond to uncovered egregious practices with child and forced labour
  • Learn the implications of the changing legal environment – understand how disclosure rules and legal liabilities are evolving in different jurisdictions and what it means for your business

You can see the full agenda for the 2016 event here


Speakers include

Benet Northcote

Benet Northcote

Director, Corporate Responsibility

John Lewis Partnership

Shanta Martin

Shanta Martin


Leigh Day

Darian McBain

Darian McBain

Global Director of Sustainability

Thai Union

Michelle Naggar

Michelle Naggar

Vice President, Social Responsibility

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

Dan Vexler

Dan Vexler

Director of Programs

Freedom Fund

Anna Turrell	‎

Anna Turrell ‎

Senior Public Affairs Manager, Sustainability


Simon Henzell-Thomas

Simon Henzell-Thomas

‎Group Social Performance Manager


Libby Annat

Libby Annat

Ethical Trade and Sustainability Controller


You can see the current speaker list here


Who will be there

This conference is made for senior professionals from business, government, trade unions and NGOs.

Business representatives are the biggest attendee profile for the conference, the delegates are from the CSR, sustainability, ethical trade, legal, procurement and supply chain, corporate affairs and communications departments. 

 Below is a sample of the organisations that are confirmed to attend this year's event:  

  • Advocacy Adviser, AB Sugar
  • Executive Assistant and Global Coordinator, AB Volvo
  • VP, Sustainability Framework, Aditya Birla Management Corporation
  • Project Manager, AIM-PROGRESS
  • Associate, Allen & Overy LLP
  • Group Environment Director, Amcor
  • Government Relations Manager, Anglo American
  • Director, Anti-Slavery International
  • Business Development Manager, AsiaInspection
  • Ethical & Sustainability Practice Advisor, AsiaInspection
  • Head of CR Reporting & Strategy, BAE Systems
  • Ethical Trade Manager, Boden
  • Chief Executive, Bonsucro
  • Head of Sustainability & Reputation Management, British American Tobacco
  • Group Head of Corporate Affairs, British American Tobacco
  • Leaf Business Development Manager, British American Tobacco
  • Head of Purchasing, British Gypsum
  • Corporate Responsibility Lead, EMEA, Cargill
  • Director, Cargill Meats Thailand
  • …and many more.



The conference will be taking place at the Inmarsat Conference Centre

The address of the venue is: 

99 City Road



You can see directions to the venue here

The closest underground station is Old Street. 


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. 



If you would like to discuss being involved as a speaker, sponsor, media partner or delegate, please drop an email to:

Boris Petrovic

Event manager 

Innovation Forum

Direct: +44 (0) 203 780 74 34  (London, UK time zone)



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Download the 2016 conference brochure