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How business can tackle modern slavery and forced labour

How business can tackle modern slavery and forced labour

From legislation to real practice: How to manage risk and eradicate slavery from operations and supply chains

7th-8th March 2018, London

Building on the themes of recent IF meetings in London and Washington DC, this multi-stakeholder conference will provide focused discussion on how individual businesses can tackle modern slavery in their supply chains and operations.

In the wake of emerging legislation across a range of countries, this conference will assess the impacts on international business operations. The two days will provide business delegates with the practical tools and in-depth guidance to proactively mitigate risk and effectively respond to discovered cases of slavery.

We will have focused debates and practical guidance on issues including:

  • Emerging legislation and the regulatory environment - How can country-by-country legislation tie together, and enable business to navigate this in an efficient, effective manner
  • The role of investors in combating modern slavery - How seriously is big finance considering slavery risks, and what are they looking for from business?  
  • Responsible recruitment - In-depth case studies of policies and practices already in place, and a look at how these can scale up to global supply chains
  • The NGO perspective - What are the emerging risk areas, and where should business be focusing efforts?
  • Operations, procurement, finance, legal – how do you ensure everyone is onside? A pragmatic look at what works – and what doesn’t – when talking with different departments  

We will also have practical working sessions on topics such as:

  • Long- and short-term supplier engagement Practical guidance and best practice advice in how to deal with that bad apple
  • Collaboration, collaboration, collaboration… A detailed look at what goes into an effective multi-stakeholder partnership. Best practices and lessons learned based on real life examples.
  • 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
  • Supply chain mapping and monitoring How to find your salient high-risk areas, and then what to do once you know
  • Modern Slavery Act statements What does a good statement look like and what can companies learn from the lacklustre response of first year statements. 

For a full list of topics covered see here

Speakers include

Paras Shah

Paras Shah

Head of Supply Chain Sustainability

Vodafone Group

Michelle Bramley

Michelle Bramley

Global Head of Knowledge

Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer

Marcela Manubens

Marcela Manubens

Global VP for Integrated Social Sustainability


Tom Smith

Tom Smith

Director of Strategy, Responsible Sourcing


Paul Davis

Paul Davis

Director Global Procurement


Ephi Banaynal Dela Cruz

Ephi Banaynal Dela Cruz

Senior Director, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Social & Environmental Accountability & Audit


For a full list of speakers see here 

 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 150-170 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 Sustainability and Compliance, Volvo Group
  • Knowledge & Social Impact Manager, Danone
  • Global Sustainability Manager, Bayer AG
  • Responsible Sourcing Manager, House of Fraser
  • Senior Corporate Partnership Executive, CARE International
  • Head of Procurement, ASOS
  • Societal Issues Manager, BP
  • Ethical Trading Manager, Morrisons
  • Partnerships Manager, Oxfam
  • Managing Director, Lindt Cocoa Foundation
  • Senior Director of Responsible Sourcing, Walmart Stores
  • Head of Ethical Trade, The Body Shop
  • Global Director of Human Rights and Workplace rights, The Coca Cola Company
  • Ethical Trade Manager, Stella McCartney
  • Head of Procurement Sustainability, SABMiller
  • Executive Director, Institute for Human Rights and Busines
  • Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility, EMEA, Hilton Worldwide

Why attend?

  • Learn from industry leaders on best-practices and get in-depth guidance on how to effectively mitigate risk and correctly respond to discovered cases of slavery
  • Meet and network with an influential and highly relevant audience of key stakeholders, including NGOs, business, government and supply chain actors

Secure your spot now by clicking here



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.

Contact Lewis Hudson at for sponsorship opportunities. 



This conference is hosted at the central London offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer - Northcliffe building.

28 Tudor Street

The closest underground stations are St Pauls, Blackfriars, Chancery Lane and Temple.


How to sign up

Conference registration is now open, and you can register on the link below.

The current rates will be the lowest prices any time until the conference.

Secure delegate passes here

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



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

Tanya Richard
Project Director
+ 44 (0) 203 780 7437 

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