Events and insight for sustainability

How business can tackle modern slavery and forced labour

How business can tackle modern slavery and forced labour

Practical implementation of global legislation: How to eliminate modern slavery from your supply chains

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 labour 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 mapping: How to identify and prioritise your hot spots effectively
  • Reporting, disclosure and transparency: What is the right balance?
  • An investor perspective: What are investors doing to ensure that they aren’t funding modern slavery?
  • Collaboration: How can business further engage government and other stakeholders in the fight against slavery?
  • Course of action: What should business do when modern slavery has been found, both immediately and long term?

Interactive breakout sessions will focus on:

  • Vulnerable demographics: What more can business do to help protect migrants, women and children from falling into slavery?
  • Grievance mechanisms: Which emerging technologies are being used to advance worker voice solutions? Which worker voice solutions are most effective?
  • Responsible recruitment: A means to stopping the problem at the source?
  • Supply chain audits: If audits don’t deliver, what more is needed to successfully detect slavery in supply chains?
  • Enable your workforce: Hear from companies training their employees to spot human trafficking and modern slavery on the ground.

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 are designed to provide actionable tools and practical insights that you can then apply to your own company.

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:

  • Senior Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY
  • Senior Solicitor, Hermes Investment Management
  • Social & Environmental Responsibility Counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Deputy Executive Director, Institute for Human Rights and Business
  • Head of Sustainability Policy, IKEA
  • Legal Director, Offer & Supply Chain, Kingfisher
  • Senior Public Affairs Manager – Sustainability, Nestlé UK Ltd
  • Global Code of Practice Manager, NEXT
  • Communication Executive, OLAM International
  • Ethical Trade Controller, Primark
  • Group Head, Communications & Corporate Affairs, Sime Darby
  • Supply Environmental and Risk Manager, Sky
  • Ethical Trade Manager, Stella McCartney
  • Head of Ethical Trade, The Body Shop International
  • Global Director of Human Rights and Workplace Rights, The Coca Cola Company
  • Senior Legal Counsel, Volvo Group UK
  • Senior Director, Responsible Sourcing, Walmart Stores

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 harness the SDGs to strengthen smallholder supply chains
  • Meet and network with an influential 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, Diageo Plc.

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 23rd February.

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

Hosted and supported by: