This forum will equip business delegates with the guidance to develop and implement robust human rights strategies, whilst remaining compliant with all emerging legislation.
Throughout the two days, we’ll place an emphasis on how business can tackle modern slavery and forced labour. We’ll discuss how company practices have evolved since the introduction of legislation, and assess how businesses can continue to progress in removing slavery from supply chains and operations. 

The speakers

Edena Low


Vice President, Governance, Risk Management and Compliance

Duncan East

Sky Sports

Head of Directors

Baroness Young of Hornsey

The House of Lords

Member of the House of Lords

Paul Gerrard


Policy and Campaigns Director

Moira Oliver


Head of Policy & Chief Counsel, Human/Digital Rights

Stephen Cawley

John Lewis

Head of Sustainability

Pins Brown

Natura & Co

Head of Responsible Procurement

Tony D'Arcy


Head of Sustainability stakeholder engagement and enablement

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Agenda highlights

  • 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
  • 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 been 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?
  • Transparency and reporting: What level of transparency is expected and how can business lead beyond reporting?
  • In-depth corporate case studies: Assessment of company approaches to living wage, child labour and gender empowerment
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Why attend?

Discover best practices from industry leaders and get in-depth guidance on how to effectively implement policies

Meet & network with an influential audience of key stakeholders, including NGOs, business, government and supply chain actors

Benchmark company performance amongst a room of your peers and discover where you should be focusing efforts

What’s different about this forum?

Innovation Forum is:
  • Candid: Entirely off-the-record discussion that enables open and honest disclosure from speakers and genuine participation from the audience.
  • Practical: A clear focus on the practical and actionable guidance that can drive change throughout industries and supply chains.
  • Focused: We provide enough time, resources and expertise to the issues that really matter. We don’t skate the surface, but get to the crux of the issues to provide in-depth, constructive discussion.
Innovation Forum is NOT:
  • A PR platform: Enthusiastic speakers are NOT given free rein to fill a session presenting their companies, allowing no time to actually get to the crux of the issues.
  • A talking shop: This is NOT an opportunity for a group people in a room to simply agree with everything said, regardless of outcomes.
  • All promise, no delivery: We will NOT promise what we can’t deliver. The issues covered are complex. They won’t be solved at a two-day conference. But we will help deliver progress through in-depth, constructive and practical advice around specific issues.

Who attends

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
General Mills
Johnson & Johnson
The Coca-Cola Company
Tony's Chocolonely
Anglo American
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
Marriott International
British American Tobacco
Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
Reckitt Benckiser
The Economist

The venue

Freshfields London

28 Tudor Street

United Kingdom

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Get in touch

For any questions on the conference, please contact:

Sheniz Mushtaq
Project Director
[email protected]
+44 (0) 20 3780 7434

Sign up

Registration for the conference is currently open. To sign up, you can do so online here, or get in touch directly for details of group discounts. 


For more information and to inquire, please contact:

Anita Thomson
Business Development
[email protected]
+44 (0) 20 3780 7433

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