CSR and Sustainability

 Modern slavery, forced labour and human rights: The business case beyond compliance

Innovation Forum’s Modern slavery, forced labour and human rights: The business case beyond compliance takes place on 18th-19th October 2018 in London.

This forum is designed to provide the practical tools to protect human rights and mitigate the risk of abuses in company supply chains. The two day discussion will equip business delegates with the guidance to develop and implement robust human rights strategies, whilst remaining compliant with all emerging legislation.

You can view the range of issues covered in the full agenda here.

Some highlights include:

  • The impact of modern slavery legislation on business: What real change has current legislation evoked and how much will compliance with emerging legislation cost your business?
  • Supply chain risk mapping and prioritisation: How business can map high-risk areas, and prioritise resources accordingly
  • Engaging internal stakeholders: Effective methods of communicating with internal teams to ensure better buy-in and impact across departments
  • Due diligence: What level of due diligence is enough to remain compliant and satisfy all key stakeholders, both internally and externally
  • Responsible recruitment: How to ensure that recruitment of workers into your supply chain is being carried out responsibly
  • Industry-wide collaboration: The common buzzword is ‘collaboration’, but what is truly needed for a partnership to work and create real change?
  • What’s next once you’ve identified a human rights abuse? The practical steps your business should take and a guide to effective remuneration
  • Transparency and reporting: What level of transparency is expected and how can business lead beyond reporting?

We will also host a number of case studies and workshops to discuss company initiatives around living wage, child labour, land rights, gender empowerment, human rights reporting and a host of other key issues.

Already confirmed to speak include senior representatives from Intel, Reckitt Benckiser, Anglo American, Walmart, JLL, Chartered Institute of Building, Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, Finlays, Next, John Lewis, Co-op, Mondelez Europe, Twinings, Freshfields, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Stronger Together, Manor Fresh, Unseen and many more to be announced.

See here for the full list of confirmed speakers to date.

If you would like to join, take advantage of our launch rate with a £500 discount (ends this Friday, June 29th). Registration details can be found here.

Please do get in touch if you are interested in being involved as a delegate, sponsor or for information on group discounts for your team.


Sheniz Mushtaq | Project Director

Innovation Forum: events and insight for sustainability

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 Weekly podcast: Intel best in new tech sector forced labour benchmark

Technology companies research shows mixed performance on forced labour risks, and, in the news, tobacco’s child labour exposed, Mumbai’s plastics ban, Morrisons goes for paper, and Unilever wins once more

This week Know the Chain director Kilian Moote takes Ian Welsh through his organisation’s new benchmark research into what the ICT sector is doing to engage on forced labour risks in supply chains. The top 40 companies are benchmarked on their performance, with Intel, Apple, HP and Hewlett Packard Enterprises among the leading performers. Plus tobacco supply chain child labour uncovered, Mumbai bans plastics and UK retail chain Morrisons switches to paper bags in store, and Unilever tops corporate ranking, again, in this week’s news roundup. Listen here.

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