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How business can tackle modern slavery and forced labor

How business can tackle modern slavery and forced labor

Comply with legislation, mitigate risk and eliminate slavery from your operations and supply chain

12th-13th June 2018, New York

This conference is designed to inform business delegates how to comply with emerging legislation and mitigate supply chain risk to tackle slavery throughout supply chains and operations.

Through two-days of focused discussion, delegates will be provided with the practical tools to prevent, detect and remedy cases of forced labor within company supply chains. With an emphasis on emerging national and international legislation, we’ll assess how US companies will be affected and how business can most efficiently comply with all requirements.

Some of the core topics of the conference include:

  • Modern slavery legislation: How will national and international legislation tie together, and how will this affect your business?
  • Supply chain risk mapping and monitoring: The latest technologies and approaches for identifying, prioritising and monitoring the high-risk areas in your supply chain
  • Reporting, disclosure and transparency: How can companies find the right balanace and talk effectively about these issues
  • Collaboration, collaboration, collaboration: How can business further engage government and other stakeholders in the fight against slavery?

We will also delve deep into topics such as:

  • Vulnerable demographics: What more can business do to help protect migrants, women and children from falling into slavery?
  • Not if, but when you find slavery, what do you do? A practical guide to the best practice response to a discovered case of slavery, both immediately and long term
  • Responsible recruitment: A means to stopping the problem at the source?
  • If audits don’t reveal slavery in supply chains, then what does? A pragmatic debate around what options exist that complement and go beyond the traditional audit process
  • Enable your workforce: Hear from companies training their employees to spot human trafficking and modern slavery on the ground.

Speakers include

Michelle Bramley

Michelle Bramley

Global head of knowledge

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Jack Scott

Jack Scott

Vice president, sustainability and responsible sourcing


Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter

Senior manager, responsible sourcing


Jon Drimmer

Jon Drimmer

Vice president, deputy general counsel

Barrick Gold Corporation

Christa Hayden Sharpe

Christa Hayden Sharpe

Vice president, Southeast Asia programs

International Justice Mission

Paul Lalli

Paul Lalli

Global Counsel, labor and human rights

General Electric

Who will be there?

The 2018 conference will have 100-150 delegates representing corporates, NGOs, suppliers, traders, development agencies, investors, government bodies and other relevant organisations. 

Below is a sample of last year’s attendees:

  • Director of Public Policy, Responsible Business Alliance
  • President, Brauner International
  • Senior VP, FSI Worldwide
  • Head of Counter-Trafficking and Protection Unit, International Organization for Migration
  • Licensee Compliance Lead Specialist, New Balance Athletics
  • Senior Responsible Sourcing Manager, Target
  • Senior Manager, Responsible Procurement Compliance, Johnson & Johnson
  • Office of International Trade, US Customs and Border Protection
  • Global Human Rights Director, Mars
  • Director, CSR, Marriott International
  • Director, International Public Sector, PwC
  • Vice President, Sancroft
  • End Trafficking Manager, UNICEF USA
  • Director, Global Government Affairs, Walmart
  • Senior Manager Global Sustainability, Wrigley


What’s different about Innovation Forum?

IF is NOT:

  • A PR platform: Enthusiastic speakers are NOT given free rein to fill a session presenting their companies, allowing no time to actually get to the crux of the issues. 
  • A talking shop: This is NOT an opportunity for a group people in a room to simply agree with everything said, regardless of outcomes.
  • All promise, no delivery: We will NOT promise what we can’t deliver. The issues covered are complex. They won’t be solved at a two-day conference. But we will help deliver progress through in-depth, constructive and practical advice around specific issues.  

IF is:

  • Candid: Entirely off-the-record discussion that enables open and honest disclosure from speakers and genuine participation from the audience.
  • Practical: A clear focus on the practical and actionable guidance that can drive change throughout industries and supply chains.
  • Focused: We provide enough time, resources and expertise to the issues that really matter. We don’t skate the surface, but get to the crux of the issues to provide in-depth, constructive discussion.


Why attend?

  • Learn from industry leaders on best practices and get in-depth guidance on how to comply with legislation, mitigate risk and remove slavery from your company supply chain and operations
  • Meet and network with a knowledgeable and highly relevant audience of key stakeholders, including NGOs, business, government and supply chain actors
  • Benchmark company performance amongst a room of your peers and discover where you should be focusing efforts



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, as well as providing a platform to highlight products and services in front of a large, diverse group of key stakeholders.

Contact Lewis Hudson at for sponsorship opportunities. 



This conference is hosted at the offices of our event partners, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

601 Lexington Avenue
31st Floor
New York, NY 10022


How to sign up

Early-bird conference registration is now open, and you can register using the link below. 

Register here

The early bird discount deadline ends Friday 11th May.

If you are looking to attend the conference with two or more colleagues, please contact Narni Brooke-Adil on the details below to secure a group discount.



If you have any questions or would like to discuss being involved as a speaker, sponsor, media partner or delegate. Please feel free to reach out to the event manager on the details below.

Narni Brooke-Adil | Project Director

Direct: +44 (0) 203 780 7435


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