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Modern Slavery and the Impact on the Private Sector – Matt Friedman Tour

September 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

This event will be held in English only and is FREE. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be provided.

Matt Friedman, an international human trafficking and modern slavery expert, is providing speaking and training engagements to support the Canadian business community in addressing this issue.

The issue of modern slavery is a very sensitive topic within the private sector. Many companies don’t want to believe that modern slavery could be a part of their supply chains. Others recognize the problem, but don’t know how to get started solving it. Still others are unsure of the quality of their anti-slavery systems relative to their peers and don’t know how to improve their policies and procedures. But with a range of new legislation related to modern slavery, increasing numbers of lawsuits against corporations, and wider media attention, ignoring this issue is not an option. The reality is that modern slavery—such as forced labour and debt bondage—is part of our economy. A whopping 40 million people are trapped in slavery, with 16 million of these victims in the private sector, including apparel, construction, manufacturing, mining, utilities, agriculture, forestry, fishing and other major industries. Illegal profits from slavery and trafficking are being deposited into local, national and multi-national banks around the world. Most businesses would be horrified to learn that their products were made by slaves. That their construction and mining sites could be using slave labour. That traffickers could be laundering money through their bank.

To make sense of this important issue and its relevance to the private sector, Matt Friedman will offer comprehensive talks exploring the following:

• The changing modern slavery paradigm in all its forms;

• A comprehensive summary of global trends and patterns;

• An update on recent and emerging legislation;

• A detailed description of the relationship between forms of modern slavery and

business risk; and

• A description of tangible, practical tools and approaches used throughout


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