Modern Slavery and Forced Labor in the Supply Chain Forum

October 5, 2016 Yovana U. Samy-Duchesne

Modern Slavery and Forced Labor Forum

How businesses can understand the risks and eradicate forced labor from their supply chains

Date: 17 October 2016

Location: Washington DC

This one-day conference will provide a focused and candid discussion on how business can tackle modern day slavery, forced labor and human trafficking. The purpose of this conference is to provide business delegates with the guidance to proactively mitigate the risk of modern slavery taking place in their operations and supply chain, and how to effectively respond to discovered cases of slavery.

EcoVadis Senior Analyst Michael Smith will contribute in two sessions. Also in attendance will be EcoVadis Account Executive Daniel Perry joining the debates and discussions at the event, bringing EcoVadis’ perspective on using supplier CSR ratings to as a key element of a human rights due diligence framework for the supply chain.

Please contact us if you would like to connect or arrange a meeting with Daniel or Michael.

Examples of topics and guidance for business practitioners that will be covered include how to:

  • How to define the role of business in addressing modern day slavery
  • How best to react to forced labor and understand how companies can better tackle the risks
  • How to collaborative to build long term and lasting change
  • How to best engage and leverage support from potential and current investors
  • A detailed look at sectoral issues within agriculture, manufacturing and construction
  • What can be done to improve audit and assessment processes
  • How companies can better implement responsible recruitment practices


Sessions include:
10:00 AM — What should a company do if, or when, a case of slavery is discovered?

This session will debate the best practice when identifying and remediating a discovered case of slavery within corporate direct operations and supply chains and also the costs of getting it wrong.

Our panel of leading experts will discuss such questions as:

  • How does a company responsibly respond?
  • What incentives are in place to prevent companies from ignoring meaningfully engagement with cases of slavery where they have a stake?


  • Jonathan Drimmer, vice president, deputy general counsel, Barrick Gold Corporation
  • Michael Smith, corporate social responsibility analyst, EcoVadis
  • Faris Natour, director, Berkeley Human Rights and Business Initiative,University of California, Berkeley
  • Tu Rinsche, director, corporate social responsibility, Marriott International.
  • Moderated by: Annabel Short, deputy director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

 16:00 — Breakout: Audit and assessment programs: how can they be supplemented and strengthened?

This session will have a look at what “beyond audit” innovations exist that can help address the shortcomings of traditional auditing as a means of driving change and improvement.


Judy Gearhart, executive director, International Labor Rights Forum

Michael Smith, corporate social responsibility analyst, EcoVadis

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