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The 13 most important issues in…business, modern slavery, forced labour and human rights

Following my previous post: “The ten most important issues in…business and plastic pollution/innovation“, moving onto the topic of business, modern slavery, forced labour and human rights, here’s what our rigorous and market-tested research came up with as some of the key issues. (Excuse the click-bait headline but it got your attention)

It’s not all of them, more a mix of the key questions and challenges which fits into two days of a conference. I hope you might find it useful. So here’s the (short) list as we see it applying to business, modern slavery, forced labour and human rights.

  1. Has modern slavery legislation driven change or compliance? Is there a business case for LEADING on human rights?
  2. Emerging legislation: What will global compliance require, and how much will it cost?
  3. How can business create better visibility, map risks and prioritise resources within complex, international supply chains?
  4. What level of due diligence is required to remain compliant and satisfy all stakeholders, both internally and externally?
  5. How is gender empowerment being addressed in supply chains?
  6. How child rights can be protected and promoted by agricultural supply chains.
  7. How the construction industry is tackling recruitment fees for workers.
  8. Modern slavery reporting: How to collaborate internally for an effective, meaningful statement
  9. The benefits of a multi-stakeholder initiative: A case study on the centre for sports and human rights
  10. Now you’ve found human rights abuses in your supply chain, what are the steps? What does remediation look like, practically, for workers?
  11. Audits – A waste of time or an effective regulatory tool?
  12. How far the transparency agenda, can and will go: What are the current levels of expectation beyond reporting?
  13.  If the Government won’t enforce the law, what’s the role of business associations and groups to persuade them to do so more effectively and with more resources?

If this has piqued your interest, you may want to join us in three weeks in London to meet, discuss and network around all these issue with 100+ leading experts in a no-PPT, no-corporate-video environment. See

Here’s some of the org’s joining us in a couple of weeks to debate how exactly to tackle all this: Unseen, Nestle, ING, The House of Lords, Twinings, Chartered Institute Of Building, Next Group, Hilton, Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, Stronger Together, Reckitt Benckiser, International Justice Mission, Save The Children, Sky Sports, Mattel, Anglo American, Institute For Human Rights & Business, Know The Chain, Nokia, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, BT, The Freedom Fund, Siemens AG, Hope for Justice, Co-op, The Body Shop, JLL, Manor Fresh, John Lewis, Mondelez Europe, University of Leeds, Dixons Carphone plc, Decathlon, The B Team, Amnesty International, Control Risks Middle East, Proforest, Ocado, Forest Trends, Danone, TFT Earth, Water Aid, Imperial Brands, ABTA/Travelife, Allianz Global Investors GmbH, Walt Disney Company, Kerry, Chevron, University of Glasgow, Compass Group PLC, British American Tobacco, BMO Global Asset Management, Highgove Enterprises, Multiplex, Intertek, British Asian Trust, Amazon, Japan Tobacco International, Honda , Ethical Tea Partnership, Rainforest Alliance, ERM, Intertek, Ergon Associates, Oxfam, Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Global Witness, CARE, UNICEF.