Modern Slavery in Construction Webinar - The expert report

January 01, 1970 by Mark Dunn

Whereas some of the 100+ attendees of the webinar "Modern Slavery in Construction" said they feel confident they have tackled modern slavery in their supply chain, after listening to the industry experts in this webinar none of the attendees said they did not have any risks; all of them said they would either start taking action immediately (56%) or would consider their next steps.

Throughout the global construction industry and its material supply chains, forced labour and other exploitation that constitutes modern slavery are common, concealed and subject to inadequate prevention, policing and prosecution. The construction industry has a critical role to play in combatting modern slavery. Failure to address modern slavery supply chain risk can lead to reputational, financial, legal and operational damage. A failure to address this issue is a failure to help address "the great human rights issue of our time".

In this webinar, broadcasted on 19th January 2017, five industry leaders were asked for their expertise on how the construction sector can mitigate modern slavery supply chain risks.

Topics covered:

1. Introduction to ethical labour issues in the sector
2. Why construction firms of all sizes should respond to the modern slavery commitments and legislation
3. What should good practice look like?
4. What should you do if you are an employee and you suspect human trafficking?
5. How can the industry help the sector and itself?
6. How can business measure progress and demonstrate success?
7. If you could only do one thing after today, what should that be?

The experts:

Karen Gray, Senior Supply Chain Management Specialist at LexisNexis BIS

Karen E. Gray is a 22 year LexisNexis veteran and a Senior Supply Chain Management Specialist. She serves as LexisNexis' expert and central point person for all Supply Management solutions. She is a resource for Benchmarking, Market Intelligence, Strategic Category Management and Vendor Selection, and focuses on efforts to improve profitability and cash flow, risk mitigation and operational efficiencies with regard to vendor selection and monitoring.

Jantine Werdmüller von Elgg, Strategy, Policy, Partnerships & Communications Manager at Stronger Together

Jantine is an anti-human trafficking and modern slavery specialist with over six years' experience working for private, non-governmental and not-for-profit organisations. She has designed and implemented projects in a range of countries in Europe, Asia, North and South America. Jantine currently works for Stronger Together, a business-led, multi stakeholder initiative whose purpose is to tackle modern slavery within business operations and supply chains. She also works as human rights and ethical trade consultant and is the author of LexisNexis' report 'Hidden in Plain Site' on modern slavery in the construction industry.

Shamir Ghumra, Director at Centre for Sustainable Products at BRE

Shamir Ghumra has over ten years' experience in a £1bn multinational construction products business; Shamir is a recognised expert on Responsible & Ethical Sourcing for the construction industry. Shamir is currently Director of the Centre for Sustainable Products at BRE. He is an expert on Life Cycle Assessment and the environmental impacts of products. He also leads the work area at BRE on Responsible and Ethical Sourcing. He is a member of a number of British and European standards committees and a board member of the Supply Chain Sustainability School.

Ian Nicholson, Founder and Managing Director at Responsible Solutions

Has devoted his business to working with others who want to make a difference to their own business efficiency, whilst improving environmental and social impact. His experience prior to establishing Responsible Solutions Ltd includes over 30 years within the construction industry, working in a variety of different construction sectors and roles, including contractors, consultants, and latterly with Anglian Water.

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