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Tuesday, November 27

4:40pm CET

Government responses to modern slavery and child labour in supply chains
Interpretation is provided in English and French.

Session organized by the  Alliance 8.7 Secretariat and its Action Group on Supply Chains.

Topic and focus of the session:
The challenge of ending child labour and forced labour remains formidable with 152 million children around the world in child labour and 25 million people in forced labour. A significant number of victims are working in supply chains.

As the leading global partnership to end child labour and forced labour, Alliance 8.7 will use its unique convening power to bring to the Forum testimonies from three countries and the OSCE. These will show how governments have joined forces with other partners (business membership and employers’ organizations, trade unions, companies, civil society organizations, UN organizations and entities) to strengthen due diligence and the coordination of their efforts.

Session objectives:
  1. Share good experiences of Governments and businesses collaboration on the implementation of measures aimed at incentivizing or enabling businesses to engage in due diligence on child labour and forced labour in supply chains;
  2. Exchange insights on persisting challenges to be addressed, including on closing knowledge gaps and measuring impact of efforts;
  3. Provide examples on how Alliance 8.7 can accelerate the results of their efforts under the 2030 Agenda. 

Format of the session:
Introductory statements followed by interactive dialogue with the audience

Moderator/ Introductory Remark...

Beate Andrees

Chief Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch, ILO

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Iona Ebben

Senior Policy Officer Business & Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands

Peter Hall

Adviser, Business & Human Rights/Responsible Business Conduct, International Organization of Employers

Maurice Middleberg

Executive Director, Free the Slaves
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Valiant Richey

Deputy Co-ordinator and Officer in Charge, Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, OSCE
Supply chains and public procurement.
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Makbule Sahan

Legal Director, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Makbule is leading the ITUC’s work on international labour standards and human rights mechanisms, litigation in regional and national courts, business and human rights, labour law and the ITUC Global Rights Index.
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Hyacinth Hermann TANDRA

Director General for Labour and Social Law, Ministry of Civil Service, Administrative Reform, Labour, Employment and Social Laws, Madagascar

Tuesday November 27, 2018 4:40pm - 6:00pm CET

6:15pm CET

Documentary - Combatting modern slavery in supply chains - Lessons from two sectoral campaigns
Organised by Doughty Street Chambers with Traidcraft and Ethical Trade Initiative

Brief description
The session is intended to discuss the issue of combatting modern slavery in supply chains through the perspective of two sectoral responses and two industries. The session will show two short videos (around 5 mins each) on the Rajasthan Stone Sector and the Assam tea Industry, which are meant to highlight some of the issues and then engender discussion on the question of what could be done to combat modern slavery in supply chains from an industry, NGO and legal perspective.

Session objectives
The objectives for the session are:
  • To highlight some of the violations in two important supply chains which the attendees may not be aware of.
  • To highlight the current campaign on the transparency in the Assam tea supply chain.
  • To highlight the current work that has been done and is planning to be done on the Rajasthan Stone Supply chain.
  • To have a greater understanding of what are the barriers to combatting modern slavery in those supply chains.
  • To have a greater understanding of why companies are finding difficulties in mapping supply chains.
  • To have a greater understanding of what legal avenues may be possible for combatting the most serious human rights violations in supply chains.

Key discussion questions

What are the key lessons from these two sectoral campaigns in:
  • Addressing the main barriers to combatting modern slavery in supply chains?
  • how companies should enhance their due diligence in supply chains?
  • why many companies are not enhancing their due diligence in supply chains?
  • what stakeholders can do to improve due diligence in supply chains?
  • what lawyers can do to improve due diligence in supply chains?

Format of the session
There will be:
  • Short video on Assam Tea Supply chain, followed by a 10 min introduction by Fiona Gooch, on the campaign.
  • Short video on Rajasthan Stone Supply chain, followed by a 10 min introduction by Krishnendu Mukherjee on the issue.
  • Response by Cindy Berman on the issues raised.
  • Further response by Fiona Gooch and Krishnendu Mukherjee
  • Discussion from the floor.

Background to the discussion
A backdrop to the discussion is the reluctance of many large companies in the UK to engage with s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. By drilling down on lessons from two sectoral case studies, the aim is to generate a discussion rooted in practical examples on how barriers and challenges to progress can be overcome.

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Cindy Berman

Head of Modern Slavery Strategy, Ethical Trading Initiative
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Fiona Gooch

Senior Private Sector Policy Advisor, Traidcraft Exchange
Fiona works to improve the impact UK-linked businesses have on vulnerable farmers, workers and communities in developing countries. This includes work on supply chains, company law, competition policy, legal remedies, social reporting, business and human rights and investment. She... Read More →
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Elise Groulx

Associate Tenant, Doughty Street Chambers
ELISE GROULX DIGGS, ESQ., Ad.E., LL.M.Associate Tenant Doughty Street ChambersBI for Business Integrity & Partners LLC, PrincipalElise Groulx Diggs advises corporations, governments and international organizations on the human rights and legal issues associated with their investment... Read More →
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Krishnendu Mukherjee

Barrister/Indian advocate, Doughty Street Chambers
Krishnendu Mukherjee is a barrister and Indian advocate and currently practises in both jurisdictions. He has extensive experience in advising, litigating and using non-judicial remedies in relation to business-related human rights and environmental violations. Krishnendu has a particular... Read More →

Tuesday November 27, 2018 6:15pm - 7:45pm CET
Room XXI

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