UPCOMING: Webinar on an inclusive approach to eradicating forced labour in the better normal

DATE: 29 May 2020 ¦ TIME: 14:30 – 15:30 CET ¦ LOCATION: Zoom

Register here: https://forms.gle/g6xmg2hZCB2Ue4r89. A Zoom link will be shared via email after registration.

The ILO estimates that there are 25 million people in forced labour globally. Early indications show that the social and economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis will further exacerbate the root causes of forced labour. As we continue to work towards SDG 8.7, a concerted, collective effort on the part of business and governments is more necessary than ever.

The ILO Global Business Network on Forced Labour is hosting a digital conference for members and interested stakeholders on the eradication of forced labour in the current context on Friday 29 May, 14:30-15:30 CET. The purpose of this discussion is to highlight the continued need to work collectively on the eradication of forced labour and to point to some of the emerging forced labour risks that call for more locally-owned and locally-driven solutions.

Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, will introduce the topic and Emmanuel Faber, Chairman and CEO, Danone, and CEO Sponsor, Consumer Goods Forum Human Rights Coalition – Working to End Forced Labour will focus on the role of companies. Following this, expert panelists will discuss and answer your questions on emerging forced labour risks. They will also discuss challenges for smaller businesses and necessary support and interventions in the medium- to long-term.

TimeAgenda item
14:30 – 14:40Welcome and context: Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization  
14:40 – 14:50Key note: Emmanuel Faber, Chairman and CEO, Danone, and CEO Sponsor, Consumer Goods Forum Human Rights Coalition – Working to End Forced Labour   
14:50 – 15:00Questions and answer session
15:00 – 15:25Panel discussion  
– Heidi Koester Oliveira, Global Human Rights Lead, Mars, Incorporated
– Matthias Thorns, Deputy Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers
15:25 – 15:30Closing: Deborah France-Massin, Director, Bureau for Employers’ Activities