Slavery is a subject that one might be forgiven for thinking is just another horrible example of how badly humans can behave towards one another that has been resigned to the past, or at the very least is something that only goes on elsewhere in the world – certainly not in our so-called civilised and modern country.

Well, unfortunately you’d be wrong. Only the other week there was a successful police prosecution of a particularly nasty slave gang who were using slaves in manicure and pedicure nail bars, causing nationwide headlines and radio features!

So, this is a real issue, and one that we’re happy to help bring to our members attention as part of our focus around ethics in the workplace and supply chain.

To this end, ORB has signed up to be one of many media partners for the forthcoming Modern Slavery & Human Rights in Supply Chain Conference.

This important event is being held over two days on 19th to 20th April 2018 in Central London.

The purpose of the 3rd Modern Slavery & Human Rights in Supply Chain Conference is to equip businesses with actionable insights and a good understanding of how the issues of forced labour and human rights abuse can be eradicated from their supply chain.

The Conference will provide a distinctive, collaborative and solution-packed two-day agenda. You are guaranteed focussed corporate learning at its best through practical case studies, interactive roundtable discussions and open Q&As.

Led by the world’s top brands, you will hear from senior supply chain, compliance, and sustainability practitioners alongside leading policymakers, including;

  • ENGIE, Chief Procurement Officer, John Farley
  • Anglo American, Group Head of Government and International Relations, Froydis Cameron
  • Centrica, Director Risk & Controls – Procurement, Siwan Kalatzi
  • BBC Worldwide, Head of Ethics, Kevin O’Neill
  • Philips, Director Supplier Sustainability, Marcel Jacobs
  • M&S, Corporate Head of Human Rights, Food Sustainability (Plan A) & Food Packaging, Louise Nicholls
  • Foodbuy, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Duncan Gray
  • Sotheby’s, Director, HR Business Partner & Head of CSR London, Kathryn Ward


Please do consider how your business might be able to assist with eradicating the issues of forced labour and human rights abuse. If you hold a copy of the ORB Responsible Business Workbook there are several tips on how to go about assessing your supply chain for ethics and responsibility, for instance.

But maybe the first step will be for you to book a ticket at this event? If so, you’ll be happy to know that you can get a 10% discount off ticket bookings with the code “FG10”. Register your place today and get the discount by entering “FG10” here:  (the earlier you book, the cheaper the tickets are).

You can get a full overview of the conference by downloading the event brochure here: