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How business can tackle modern slavery and forced labour

How business can tackle modern slavery and forced labour

Understanding the risks and taking proactive action to eradicate slavery from operations and supply chains

25th-26th April 2017, London





Innovation Forum will be hosting our annual Modern Slavery conference on the 7th & 8th March 2018 in London. To learn more about the agenda, speakers and registration see here






Following Innovation Forum’s 2016 modern slavery and forced labour forums in London and Washington DC, this multi-stakeholder event aims to provide a space for focused and nuanced discussion on how individual businesses can tackle modern slavery in their supply chains and operations.

The purpose of this conference is to provide business delegates with the guidance to proactively mitigate risk and effectively respond to discovered cases of slavery.

We will have focused debates and practical working sessions on:

  • The legal and reputational implications of ignoring slavery and forced labour in corporate supply chains and operations
  • How much information should companies be releasing and to what extent does full disclosure raise legal liabilities for companies?
  • What are the best due diligence practices and what innovative technologies are available for business to identify cases of forced labour in the supply chain and operations?
  • What is the best way to track and measure progress?
  • Risk mitigation through understanding patterns in migration of workers
  • What does responsible recruitment looks like? What policies and practices do companies need to implement to stop exploitation through recruitment?
  • Clear guidelines around how to implement meaningful practices in reporting, due diligence and grievance mechanisms
  • A detailed look at sectoral issues within agriculture, hospitality, construction, banking, ICT and electronics
  • Collaboration: how to build meaningful and effective relationships with different stakeholders

Speakers include

Darian McBain

Darian McBain

global director of sustainability

Thai Union

Chris Grayer

Chris Grayer

head of supply chain corporate responsibility


Fiona Mactaggart MP

Fiona Mactaggart MP


APPG on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Andrew Wallis OBE

Andrew Wallis OBE



Peter Stedman

Peter Stedman

head of responsible sourcing – food


Maria Anne van Dijk

Maria Anne van Dijk

head of environmental and social risk advisory and monitoring


John Morrison

John Morrison

executive director

Institute for Human Rights and Business

Michelle Bramley

Michelle Bramley

global head of knowledge

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

How is this conference different?

  • More time for genuine discussion –  the agenda and timings have been built to provide time for in-depth debate and meaningful exchange beyond introductions and superficial outlines of initiatives. There will be a lot of experience in the room and therefore we intend for the discussions to be participatory.
  • Held under the Chatham House rule – this event is not intended as a PR platform – we hold the event under a covenant of confidentiality to promote honest exchange.
  • Content is designed for action and practice – the agenda and event structure is designed to provide actionable tools and practical insights that can be applied. We will also be sharing post event notes from all sessions to all participants.

Who will be there?

The 2017 conference will have 150-170 delegates representing corporates, NGOs, suppliers, traders, development agencies, investors, government bodies and other relevant organisations. 


Innovation Forum is looking for sponsors who are able to support the forum, as well as associated research and analysis. For sponsors, this presents the opportunity to support leading debate and progress in addressing modern slavery in corporate supply chains, as well as providing a platform to highlight products and services in front of a large, diverse group of key stakeholders.

If you would like to discuss further being involved as a speaker, sponsor, media partner or delegate. Please contact:

Charlenne Ordonez

Project Director
+ 44 (0) 203 780 7433   

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