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Innovation Forum’s How business can tackle modern slavery and forced labour Conference

From: 07.03.2018 To: 08.03.2018 Share

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

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.

This conference is hosted at the central London offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer - Northcliffe building (28 Tudor Street, EC4Y OBQ, London)

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

How to sign up

Early-bird conference registration is now open, and you can register here

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

The early bird discount deadline ends Friday 15th December.