About this webinar
A practical session that explores the corporate response to the UK MSA (2015). Perspectives will be provided by companies, civil society, investors and legal representatives to address questions on the Act’s including its provision, scope, impact, governance and recommendations to strengthen its utility. Members of the panel have been involved in the development of the BS27500 guidance standard for organisations and will reflect on how the standard can strengthen the response to addressing modern slavery risk.
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Would you like to learn more about the challenges businesses face when responding to modern slavery? As Ardea International, we would like you to join us on this day for a FREE webinar.
Anti-Slavery Webinar: The Corporate Response to modern slavery and how BS 27500 guidance can help, with input from a survivor
Friday, 2nd December 2022
12.30-13.30 pm BST (London)
On 2nd December 1949, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others. 73 years later, whilst significant progress has been made towards the eradication of modern slavery, we find ourselves in a reality where 40 million people are victims of modern slavery globally. Following the adoption of the UN Convention, 2nd December marks the annual International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, where the focus is placed on tackling contemporary forms of slavery worldwide.
With this in mind, we would like you to join us for this webinar where we explore the corporate response to tackling modern slavery concerning the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA).
Given the number of global and domestic crises that have impacted the UK over the last few years, from the Covid-19 pandemic to Brexit, and the war in Ukraine, the risk of vulnerable people being exploited and placed into contemporary slavery is increasing. This makes it essential, on this day of reflection, to address how businesses are dealing with their obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and what they can do to improve their human rights due diligence.
Register for this FREE webinar). Perspectives will be provided by companies, civil society, investors, and legal representatives to address questions on the Acts including its provision, scope, impact, governance, and recommendations to strengthen its utility. Members of the panel have been involved in the development of the BS27500 guidance standard for organisations and will reflect on how the standard can strengthen the response to addressing modern slavery risk.
The session will be moderated by Colleen Theron, CEO of Ardea International. Speakers include Katharine Bryant, Head of Policy and Programs at Walk Free Foundation, Dr. Gabriela Gutierrez-Huerter Lecturer at Kings Business School, and Keith from Survivor Alliance
Colleen Theron, CEO Ardea International
Colleen is a tri-qualified lawyer with over 25 years of legal and commercial experience of working with business, organisations and NGOs across sectors on both a strategic and operational level. She provides advisory services, training and online resources to both directors and employees on business and human rights, modern slavery and sustainability issues.
Katharine Bryant, Head of Policy and Programs, Walk Free Foundation
Katharine Bryant is Head of Policy and Programs at Walk Free and co-author of the Global Slavery Index. She oversees Walk Free’s program focused on, ‘what works?’ to combat modern slavery, including the eradication of the exploitation of women and girls. She has worked in counter trafficking and anti-slavery programming and research for the past decade, including at the International Organization for Migration, Save the Children and UNICEF.
Dr Gabriela Gutierrez-Huerter, Lecturer, Kings Business School
Dr Gabriela Gutierrez-Huerter O is a Lecturer in International Management at King’s Business School, King’s College London, UK. She received her PhD from the University of Nottingham. Her work is at the intersection of international business, CSR and comparative institutional analysis. Since 2015, she has been studying the responses of the UK construction industry to the issue of modern slavery. Gabriela’s work has been published in the ‘Journal of International Business Studies’ and ‘Research in Global Strategic Management’ and the ‘Journal of Business Ethics’. As part of her research on modern slavery, she has been a member of the British Standards Institution (BSI) technical committee to modern slavery which developed the new BS25700 – Organisational Responses to Modern Slavery. She teaches Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics and Sustainability at the Undergraduate level.
Keith, Survivor Alliance
The webinar will last 60 minutes and includes a question and answer session. At the point of registration, you will have the opportunity to submit questions you would like our speakers to respond to on the live webinar.
Unable to join us on the day? We will record this webinar. If you are unable to attend live, please register, and we will send you a link to the recording after the webinar and a link to download the speakers’ presentations and other outputs.
This webinar is paired with Ardea International’s Business & Human Rights online training and support programme that will equip you to understand the essential Human Rights and business principles and risks, how to report on Human Rights due diligence to meet legal obligations, and build your own Human Rights frameworks and grievance mechanisms. The next programme begins on 19 October. Contact us to claim a 10% discount as an attendee of this webinar.
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