New data is shining a light on the alarming levels of modern slavery in business today. The Global Slavery Index estimates there are 46m victims of forced labour worldwide, 58% of whom live in five countries – India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Uzbekistan. And many of these countries are providing low cost labour for western consumers.

Most companies consider modern slavery to be unacceptable but acknowledge that they can’t see beyond the 2nd or 3rd tiers of their supply chain. Higher levels of transparency and regulation are increasing the risk of ignorance, and business has to offset the cost of leading versus crisis management.

The more ethical businesses are taking action. This year, Nestle commissioned – and published – research that found slavery in its Thai shrimp supply chains, and M&S published its first Human Rights report. The risks are most acute in the electronics, steel, agriculture and seafood, mining and textile sectors.

We began with a keynote from Nick Grono, CEO of the Freedom Fund, an initiative launched by Bill Clinton to mobilise the knowledge and capital needed to end modern slavery. Moderated by Axel Threlfall, we then heard the perspectives of;

  • Benet Northcote, Director, Corporate Responsibility, John Lewis Partnerships
  • Natacha Dimitrijevic, Associate Director, Continental Europe, Hermes Investments Management
  • Simon Henzell-Thomas, Head of Stakeholder Engagement and Group Social Responsibility Manager, IKEA

The panel discussion touched on issues such as;

  • What does acceptable supply chain visibility look like in 2016?
  • To what extent does business need to go beyond legislation?
  • How should business record slavery on their risk agenda?
  • How can technology reduce the costs of supply chain visibility?
  • Which businesses are the role models to learn from?
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  • Axel Threlfall

  • Nick Grono

    CEO, Freedom Fund
  • Benet Northcote

    Director for Corporate Responsibility, John Lewis Partnership
  • Natacha Dimitrejevic

    Associate Director, Hermes Equity Ownership Services
  • Simon Henzell-Thomas

    Head of Stakeholder Engagement, Group CSR Manager, IKEA

Round Tables

  • Behaviour Change
    Consumers who purchase goods and services, and front-line managers in supply chains have huge potential power to shape business. Is behaviour change to encourage slavery free choices the right way to go? How would that work in practice and is there appetite and expertise to make it happen?
  • Beyond Audits
    How the existing auditing practices could be improved and customised to include slavery reporting? What other mechanism could be developed beyond traditional auditing that would detect forced labour in corporate supply chains? And what are the challenges with implementing those potential options?
  • Crisis Communications
    Some of the biggest scandals tend to be connected to human right violations. In the era of ever growing corporate transparency, and given the widespread nature of slavery across industries, every company should know what’s the best way to handle the forced labour crisis.
  • Digitalisation And Slavery
    What role proliferation of technology and smart phones can play in addressing the slavery issue? How it could empower your labour to report against human rights violations or achieve greater supply chain transparency. What tools are out there to enable such transition?
  • Focus On Employees
    How does slavery rank alongside other sustainability issues? How would employees feel if they discovered there was a slavery scandal in their company’s supply chains? How important it’s for businesses to have slave-free supply chains to get the best talent and keep employees engaged?
  • From Paper To Performance
    You’ve assessed your risks, written your statement and developed a plan of action. What does it take to ensure your plan leads to real outcomes to mitigate slavery, and that you can measure and demonstrate your success in publishing your next statement.
  • Risks Of Slavery
    What are the risks of not addressing slavery on time? How well is the problem understood by businesses, and what is the cost of having a crisis associated with forced labour? We continue the plenary session’s conversation and explore how businesses should take action on slavery.
  • Smart Technologies
    With the immense proliferation of technologies, where are the opportunities in digital and smart in sustainability? How could they be applied best to social and environmental aspects of sustainability? Explore the wider market trends and possible use of smart technologies to address the biggest sustainability challenges.
  • Supplier Engagement


  • 17:30
    Arrivals and Networking
  • 18:00
    Welcome from Jim Woods, CEO, The Crowd
  • 18:03
    Keynote by Nick Grono, Freedom Fund
  • 18:25
    Axel Threlfall in discussion with Nick Grono, Benet Northcote, Natacha Dimitrijevic, Simon Henzell-Thomas
  • 19:15
    Roundtable discussions (moderated groups of 10-12)
  • 20:00

Venue Details

King Edward Hall, 2 King Edward Street, London, EC1A 1HQ

Who's Attending

Director of Sustainability AB Agri Ltd
Destinations and Sustainability Manager ABTA Ltd
Senior manager: Professional Insights ACCA
Bench leader Acre
Consultant Acre
Environmental Manager Adnams
Director of CR Aldi Stores Limited
Head of Sustainability Anglian Water
Sustainability Manager Anglian Water
Public Affairs Manager Anglian Water
Ethical Trade Arcadia Group Limited
Senior Ethical Trade Associate ASOS plc
Interim Diversity & Inclusion Manager Aviva
CR Manager Aviva
Interin Group Ethical Sourcing Manager B&Q
CSR Manager Bank of England
Reputation Risk Barclays
VP Barclays
head of innovation Barclays
Associate Director of Sustainability Barts & the London NHS Trust
CR Executive Belron
Corporate Responsibility Manager Bilfinger GVA
Head of Communications and Policy BioRegional
Director of Sustainability Bonsucro
Senior International Sustainability Manager British American Tobacco
Global SR Manager British Standards Institute (BSI)
BT Legal British Telecommunications plc
Senior Strategy & Policy Consultant BT Group Plc
Head of governance and sustainability for procurement BT Group Plc
Head of Supplier Excellence BT Group Plc
Ethical Trade Coordinator Burberry Group Plc
Corporate Responsibility Burberry Group Plc
Head of Marketing & Communications Cadogan Tate
Senior Sustainability and CSR Manager Cancer Research UK
Corporate Responsibility Project Manager City of London
Finance & Technology Officer City of London
Senior Lawyer Clifford Chance
Partner Clifford Chance
Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Manager Cobham Plc
Sustainability Manager Colas
Consultant Consultant
Senior Consultant Context
Partnership Manager Cool Earth
Director Architecture, Design & Sustainability Countryside Properties
Commercial Manager – Strategic Partnerships Current, powered by GE
UK Outdoor Sales Manager Current, powered by GE
Director of Ethical Trade & Corporate Responsibility Debenhams Plc
Global CR Assistant Manager Deloitte
Interim Talent Director Deloitte
Global CR Manager Deloitte
Responsible Business Advisor Department for International Development
Vice President Deutsche Bank
Organisation Effectiveness Manager Diageo
Principal Consultant DNV GL
Head of CSR EDRA
Head of Licensing and Relations Elsie Creative Ltd
Editor Ethical Corp
Contributing Editor Ethical Performance
Contributing Editor Ethical Performance
Digital Strategy EY
CEO Forster
Associate Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Corporate Responsbility Manager Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Co-founder Future Fit Foundation
Head of Client Relations GivingForce
MD / Founder GivingForce Limited
Human Rights Project GlaxoSmithKline
Sustainability Manager GlaxoSmithKline
Head of Marketing Global Action Plan
Creative Development Officer Global Action Plan
Executive Partner Global Action Plan
Senior Executive – Vibrant Economy Grant Thornton LLP
Head of PR Grant Thornton LLP
Internal Sustainability Executive Grant Thornton UK LLP
Associate – Vibrant Economy Grant Thornton UK LLP
Sustainability Manager Grant Thornton UK LLP
Marketing Data Analyst Grant Thornton UK LLP
Sustainability Grosvenor
Sustainability Manager Heathrow Airports Limited
Partner Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Corporate Communications Manager – EMEA Hilton Worldwide
Consultant Hitachi Consulting
Director of Communications ICTI CARE Foundation
Sustainability Officer Innocent Drinks
Business Development Integrated Environmental Solutions
Sustainable Procurement Manager Interserve FM Ltd
Director EMEA Supplier Management Intertek
CR Manager ISS UK
Head of Sustainability ITV
Ethical Trading Officer Jack Wills
Corporate Responsibility John Lewis Partnership
Sustainable Sourcing Manager John Lewis Partnership
CSR Manager John Lewis Partnership
Executive Director, Environmental and Social Risk JP Morgan
Sustainability Director, Offer and Supply Chain Kingfisher plc
Sustainability Delivery Manager Kingfisher plc
Interim Group Ethical Sourcing Manager Kingfisher plc
Sustainability Manager Kingfisher plc
Blockchain Kynetix
Stakeholder Engagement Lloyds Banking Group
Associate Director Lloyds Banking Group
Sustainability Manager London South Bank University
Director of Sustainability Mace Ltd
Sustainability Manager Mace Ltd
Sustainability Delivery Manager Marks & Spencer
Project Manager Marks & Spencer
Project Manager Marks & Spencer
Ethical Trading Manager Marks & Spencer
sustainable development manager Marks & Spencer
Senior Manager Corporate Social Responsibility Marriott Hotels
Global Sustainable Sourcing Insight Manager Mars
Sustainability manager Marylebone Cricket Club
Sustainability Manager Mitsubishi
SRI Analyst Morgan Stanley
CSR Manager Nando’s Chickenland Ltd
Business Development Manager Natural Capital Partners
Business Development Manager Natural Capital Partners
Head of Client Engagement Neighbourly
Head of Community Engagement Neighbourly Nestle UK Ltd
Legal Counsel Corporate Network Rail
Senior CSR Manager New Look
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Corporate Press Manager Novozymes
Senior Environmental and Sustainability Advisor Osborne
Ethical Trade Manager Oxfam
CR Manager Pentland Group Plc
Human Right Lead, Senior CS Manager PricewaterhouseCoopers
CEO Provenance
Senior Consultant Ramboll ENVIRON
Manager Ramboll ENVIRON
Principal Consultant, Compliance, Strategy & Transaction Service Ramboll ENVIRON
Senior Sustainability Associate – Social Compliance Lead Reckitt Benckiser Plc
CR Coordinator RELX Group
Director Responsible 100
European Sustainability Manager Rexam
Global Sustainability Manager Rolls-Royce
Sustainability Manager Royal Bank of Scotland
CR Manager Royal Mail
Community Affairs Executive Sainsbury’s
PA and CA Assistant Sainsbury’s
Local PR Executive Sainsbury’s
Campaign Manager Sainsbury’s
Community Affairs Manager Sainsbury’s
Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Coordinator Sainsburys
CEO Segura Systems Limited
Director of Sustainability Selfridges
Co-Founder Seven Hills
Consultant Seven Hills
Senior Programme Manager Shiva Foundation
Senior Legal Counsel SITA UK
Engagement Manager Sky
Environment Manager Sky plc
Head of Inclusion Slaughter and May
Head of Environment and Technology Compliance Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Energy and Environmental Manager Tate
Director of Sustainability Taylor Wimpey
Brand Protection Coordinator Ted Baker Plc
Ethics and Sustainability Manager Ted Baker Plc
Head of CR Telefonica UK
Corporate Responsibility Executive Tesco
Group Policy Director The Co-op
The Crowd
The Crowd
Chair The Crowd
Head of Content The Crowd
The Curve
Consultant The Saudi Arabian Embassy – Cultural Bureau
Director The SHM Foundation
Supplier Compliance Coordinator Thomas Pink
Stakeholder Associate Thomson Reuters
Global Engagement Manager Thomson Reuters
Head of Corporate Services Trucost
Account Director Trucost
Sustainability Manager UBM EMEA
Head of Insight and Capacity UN Global Compact Network UK
Executive Director UN Global Compact Network UK
Global Senior Manager Social Impact Unilever
Programme Coordinator Unilever
Executive Director Unseen
CEO Unseen
Technical Director Verco
Head of Policy, Strategy and Compliance Verco
Managing Director Verco
Changing Business for Good Group Director Virgin Management
Sustainability Manager Virgin Media
Special Projects Manager Virgin Unite
ILS Manager Walt Disney Company Limited, The
International Labour Standards Analyst Walt Disney Company Limited, The
Responsible Sourcing Manager Whitbread
Corporate Social Responsibility Director Whitbread
Corporate Responsibility Project Manager Whitbread
Head of Environment & Supply Chain Risk WPP Group plc
Corporate Stewardship Engagement Manager WWF