Modern Slavery Conference 2024

About this conference

At the Ardea Modern Slavery Conference 2024, we aim to address modern slavery and forced labour risk and provide practical solutions to these risks in your organisation. The conference will be a unique platform for thought leaders, industry experts, and change-makers to converge, exchange ideas, and collectively take strides in de-risking their organisations.


  • Attending
  • All Levels
  • Modules: 6
  • Study: Interactive workbook
  • Duration: 1 day
  • To be announced


  • Engaging sessions structured around round tables and breakaways.
  • Practical insights from industry practitioners.
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Early Bird: Private Sector

£476 (excl. VAT)

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£396 (excl. VAT)

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Early Bird: Student

£247.50 (excl. VAT)

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Who's it suitable for?

Modern Slavery and Human Rights Leads . Human rights teams are often responsible for leading on an organisation’s approach to addressing modern slavery and providing the expertise to embed it.

Procurement Departments. Procurement teams play a key role in the implementation of an organisation’s approach to addressing modern slavery.

Risk Departments. Risk teams play a crucial role in ensuring that risk identification and mitigation processes are fit for purpose.

Operations Departments. Operations teams play a front-line role in ensuring that an organisation’s approach to addressing modern slavery is embedded during the production stage.

Sustainability Departments. Addressing modern slavery risk is not only a matter of human rights but also crucial to achieving sustainable development.

Compliance Departments and General Counsel. The UK Modern Slavery Act requires large organisations to publish an annual statement setting out the steps they have taken to prevent modern slavery in their operations and supply chains.

Company Secretaries. Company Secretaries often have day-to-day responsibility for the oversight of an organisation's approach to addressing modern slavery.

HR Departments. HR teams are responsible for ensuring that the correct policies and processes are in place, and that they sufficiently address modern slavery.

Senior Leadership . Organisations with engagement and accountability at the top will have a stronger approach to addressing modern slavery than those who do not.

Academics and Students. Individuals conducting research, or that have a interest, in the topic will provide valuable insights.

NGOs. Individuals and groups of individuals campaigning to end modern slavery will be able to add valuable contributions to the discussion.

Learning outcomes

01. Introducing Modern Slavery as a Risk: Focus on sector trends and country risk and other inherent risk factors for companies to consider in assessing the risk of modern slavery.

02. Legal and Regulatory Compliance: This session will include an update on Modern slavery reporting legislation   

03. Risk Management: Learn how to successfully map your value chain and start tracing the origin of raw materials and the conditions under which products are manufactured.

04. Due Diligence:  Identifying hidden labour exploitation through effective due diligence frameworks.

05. The Effectiveness of Actions:  Overcoming supplier resistance and easing tensions between you and your suppliers.    

06. BS 25700 in Practice: How to develop an assurance framework to assess maturity.  

Date: 07 November 2024

Venue: DMH Stallard, London


Leading Beyond Compliance

At Ardea’s modern slavery inaugural conference this November, we are gathering a select group of thought leaders, industry experts, and change-makers to collectively address the pressing issue of modern slavery and forced labor risk. The conference theme resonates with our shared commitment to lead beyond compliance, seeking practical solutions that can make a tangible difference. 

Agenda and speakers to be announced soon!


Why Attend?

This conference is designed to foster an environment of shared learning where attendees will have the opportunity to listen and learn from each other’s journeys.   

With attendance limited to up to 30 people, the event will maintain an intimate setting conducive to meaningful discussions and impactful networking.  

Participating in the conference offers delegates a unique opportunity to gain tangible and actionable insights to de-risk your organisation. The conference’s practical nature ensures that attendees are not only exposed to theoretical discussions but are actively engaged through interactive sessions and a comprehensive workbook. These sessions provide a platform for in-depth conversations with fellow delegates, encouraging both best practice and challenges to be shared.  

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Meet Your Speakers:


Full speakers list to be announced.


Colleen Theron, CEO, Ardea International


Colleen is a tri-qualified solicitor and founder of Ardea International, a specialist company that provides sustainability, business and human rights and modern slavery expertise to enable companies to meet both their legal obligations and develop voluntary best practice standards. She is a fellow of IEMA and a research fellow of the Bakhita Centre for Research on Slavery and Abuse and a lecturer at Birkbeck University, London on human rights and business.  She has over 30 years of legal and commercial experience working with business, and organisations and provides training and online resources on human rights, modern slavery and sustainability issues. Her book ‘Strategic Sustainable Procurement: law and best practice‘ is published by Routledge. She recently published a chapter ‘Modern Slavery and Transparency in Supply Chains- the Role of Business’ in The Modern Slavery Agenda: Policy, Politics and Practice in the UK’.  A more recent chapter is ‘The Role of Business in the Exploitation and Rehabilitation of victims of modern slavery’ – Policy Press 2023.

Dr Martin Buttle, Better Work Lead


Martin joined CCLA Investment Management in 2022 to lead the Better Work pillar of the sustainability strategy, which includes coordinating the ‘Find it, Fix it, Prevent it’ programme on Modern Slavery as well as broader engagements on Living Wage, Decent Work and Business and Human Rights.

Martin joined CCLA from ShareAction where he was Head of Good Work. He has over 18 years’ experience in labour and human rights across academia, consultancy and the non-profit sector working primarily with fashion, food, finance and the retail sectors. He was formerly the apparel & textiles lead at the Ethical Trading Initiative where he ran collaborative Human Rights programmes in India, Turkey and the UK. He has sat on a variety of international advisory groups including OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector, UK Sustainable Clothing Action Plan and Business Commission to Tackle Inequality Working Group on Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive workplaces and value chains. He holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham on ethical finance in the social economy. 







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