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Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking, and Forced Labor: Uncovering Risks & Solutions

11:35am  -  12:35pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017  |  Tower Court C
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Rooting out Labor issues in Your Supply Chain: The Role of Credible Standards, Certifications and Audits
Joshua Wickerham
Regulations like California’s Transparency in Supply Chains Act and the federal Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act increasingly require companies to “know and show” how they are addressing human rights abuses in their supply chains. Learn how existing tools like sustainability certifications strengthen supply chain due diligence and help procurers address human trafficking, forced labor, child labor and other issues. This session will also explore how some of these insights from the world of sustainability certification are being addressed in the context of SPLC’s Supplier Assessment Working Group.


Modern Slavery Vendor Management by Design
Presenter: Jeanette Rennie
Inherent risks within multi-tiered supply chains include human trafficking, forced labor and slavery-like practices such as debt bondage and the sale or exploitation of children. These practices, known as Modern Slavery (MS), must be addressed in Corporate Sustainability programs. A holistic sustainability program must include not only policy framework for effective standards but also a risk assessment and mitigation strategy for its supply chain. At the World Bank, Services comprise a significant amount of procurement spend and inherently have multiple Tiers of vendors involved. In today’s environment, there are tools emerging that support the engagement of Tier 1 suppliers to identify and mitigate MS activities. This is partly due to emerging regulatory environments as well as the strategic nature of some Tier 1 spend. Tier 2 and Tier 3 supply chains create challenges in risk assessments that also need to be identified and corrected. A common challenge for procurement and sustainability practitioners is to understand and manage Tier 2 and Tier 3 risk in contracts, especially with limited organizational resources and shifting priorities. This discussion is intended to engage both Suppliers and Consultants to share their experiences and lessons learned relating to MS Tier 2 and Tier 3 spend in service sectors. Key take-aways from this discussion include an understanding of supplier industry practices across supply chains and next/best practice tools and tips to manage MS risk. Benefits will include a better understanding of how to efficiently and effectively manage all Modern Slavery risks to comply with Corporate Sustainability Frameworks.

Going Beyond Compliance: Partnering with Non-profits in Source Countries Presenter: Anna Pienaar International Justice Mission (IJM) is the world’s largest anti-slavery non-profit, working around the world to rescue victims of human trafficking and building the capacity of governments to strengthen the rule of law. IJM partners with companies in source locations to investigate cases of forced labor and ensure the government is prepared to provide access to remedy and rehabilitation for victims. By strengthening the rule of law, IJM’s work alongside governments changes the risk vs. reward equation for traffickers – with the ultimate impact of creating a deterrence effect, ultimately reducing the prevalence of forced labor.