Following on the highly successful inaugural Modern Slavery & Ethical Labour in Construction Leadership Symposium in November 2016, the second annual symposium will take place on Anti-Slavery Day, 18 October, 2017, in the Telford Theatre and Great Hall at the esteemed One Great George Street, Westminster, Central London, SW1P 3AA.

This construction industry leading, high profile event will take a cross supply chain approach to demonstrate, through case study speaker interventions from professional institutions, membership associations, organisations and companies, how they are driving best practice to meet compliance requirements and electing to go beyond the legislative minimum to mitigate their risks, demonstrate robust and responsible governance, provide professional guidance, enhance their reputations, improve efficiencies, and create competitive advantage. 

The Modern Slavery and Ethical Labour in Construction Leadership Symposium is being delivered by BRE, a UK-headquartered world leading built environment research & science centre, and strategic communications business Sustain Worldwide, to demonstrate construction sector supply chain leadership. The symposium and 2017 programme of activities will significantly contribute to our industry to ensure we are ready to meet the social and economic challenges wrought by indentured and forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking.

Why attend:

Delegates will learn through attending the second annual Symposium the practical measures leading professionals in our sector are undertaking to map and monitor their supply chains, and remediate where they discover evidence of illegal and unethical practices.

Attendees who register to join the Modern Slavery & Ethical Labour in Construction Leadership Symposium will gain insight and knowledge of the key ethical labour issues they need to address in their organisations and businesses, from transparency to traceability and from implementation to accountability.

  • Understand the requirements of the MSA in a construction sector context
  • Learn what the implications, challenges and risks are for you and your business
  • Hear peers' responses and how they are seizing the opportunity to improve 
  • Collaborate with industry leaders to create dynamic supply chain solutions
  • Discover why due diligence is critical, and the systems and processes to implement
  • Understand the vital role of recruitment practices and procurement frameworks
  • Learn what your obligations and responsibilities are as a sector professional
  • Gain 6 hours CPD certification

Who should attend:

The symposium is aimed at C-suite construction sector professionals to understand the requirements, challenges, risks, responses and opportunities the modern slavery and ethical labour agenda presents. In doing so, attendees will learn how engagement drives continuous improvement across the supply chain and ensures the industry is ready to meet the social and economic challenges wrought by indentured labour, slavery and human trafficking.

The following industry professions are among those who are engaging with the symposium Director of, Head of, Lead on: 

  • Policy
  • Sustainability
  • Legal 
  • Compliance 
  • Governance (ESG)
  • Health & Safety
  • Environment
  • Recruitment
  • Human Rights
  • Procurement 
  • Business Development
  • Communications
  • Investments
  • Development
  • Human Resources 

CPD Certified

When: Wednesday 18 October 2017

Where: One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA

Download 2017 Presentations here


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Construction Coalition Charter to Raise Awareness to Eradicate Modern Slavery in the Sector’s Global Supply Chains.

The coalition of partners (the signatories whose logos appear on the Charter) commit to seek opportunities to uphold, preserve and promote the right of freedom in the United Kingdom’s Construction Industry:

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Watch the short video to understand where slavery might be hiding in your construction project. A Modern Slavery short film commissioned by BRE and Responsible Solutions and produced by Unchosen.



9.00 Registration & Exhibition

9.30 Chair’s Welcome and Introduction Dr Shamir Ghumra, Director, Centre for Sustainable Products, BRE


9.40 Mark Heath, Head of Business Change and Development, Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) The GLAA – Construction Protocol and effective engagement with sectors at risk of labour exploitation

10.00 The Baroness Young of Hornsey OBE

10.20 Chris Blythe OBE, Chief Executive, The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) - Construction ethics and public society 

10.40 Cindy Berman, Head of Modern Slavery Strategy, Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) - Tackling Modern Slavery in Construction: Lessons from other sectors 

11.00 Networking Break & Exhibition


11.30 Steven Thompson, Associate Director of Built Environment, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) International Ethical Standards: how RICS has been collaborating globally and how this can help future strategy to tackle Modern Slavery

11.50 Alan Vallance, Chief Executive of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) – The UN Sustainable Development Goals in practice and how the RIBA is tackling the issue of modern slavery

12.10 Tim Balcon, Chief Executive, IEMA  – Supporting Sustainability Leaders: A profession based approach in a world of challenge    

12.30 Helen Carter and James Cadman, Supply Chain Sustainability School / Action Sustainability – Providing implementable tools and techniques for tackling the risk of modern slavery in supply chains. 

12.50 Panel Q&A Session

13.20 Networking Lunch & Exhibition


14:30 Elaine Mitchel-Hill, Business & Human Rights Lead, Marshalls  – How modern slavery risk mapping in Marshalls’ business operations and supply chains is providing focus for supplier engagement and remediation; our risk mapping processes and impact in the Indian supply chain.

14:50 Alice Hands, Sustainable Procurement Manager, Sir Robert McAlpine – Modern Slavery and Construction: A contractor’s perspective of where to start

15:10 Ed Dixon, Special Projects, Landsec - The developer's perspective 

15.30 Jantine Werdmuller von Elgg, Global Programme Lead, Stronger Together – Stronger Together: a collaborative business initiative to tackle modern slavery in UK construction

15.50 Ryan Lynch, Head of Advisory & Corporate Social Responsibility, BSI – Supporting companies’ human rights due diligence through a risk based approach.

16.10 Panel Q&A Session - joining the panel: Chris McCann, Managing Director, Resilient World

16.40 Chair’s Closing Remarks

16.45 Closing Refreshments & Exhibition

17.15-18.00 Depart at your leisure


The organisers reserve the right to amend the programme without notification, and cannot be held liable for any changes made. 


Baroness Young of Hornsey,OBE

Baroness Young of Hornsey,OBE

Mark Heath

Mark Heath


Dr Shamir Ghumra

Dr Shamir Ghumra


Cindy Berman

Cindy Berman


Chris McCann

Chris McCann

Resilient World

Elaine Mitchel-Hill

Elaine Mitchel-Hill


Chris Blythe OBE

Chris Blythe OBE


Helen Carter

Helen Carter

Supply Chain Sustainability School

Steven Thompson

Steven Thompson


Ryan Lynch

Ryan Lynch


Tim Balcon

Tim Balcon


Alan Vallance

Alan Vallance


Alice Hands

Alice Hands

Sir Robert McAlpine


Ed Dixon

Ed Dixon


James Cadman

James Cadman

Action Sustainability

Jantine Werdmuller von Elgg

Jantine Werdmuller von Elgg

Stronger Together

Sponsorship & Exhibition

Sponsored by

BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions is the leading global provider of supply chain intelligence, global supply chain verification auditing services, audit compliance and risk management software solutions, and advisory services. BSI provides organisations with a complete solution for a more sustainable and secure supply chain.

Supported by

We're the global professional body promoting and enforcing the highest international standards in the valuation, management and development of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. We work at a cross-governmental level, delivering a single, international standard that will support a safe and vibrant marketplace in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure, for the benefit of all.

The RIBA is a global professional membership body driving excellence in architecture. We serve our members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Being inclusive, ethical, environmentally aware and collaborative underpins all that we do.

The School is completely FREE and allows you to access training in 3 different areas Sustainability, Management and Offsite, and offers you the opportunity to attend our training and networking events, gain CPD points, complete a self assessment and get a bespoke action plan, complete e-learning modules and various training resources.


Exhibition opportunities

Position your products and services to reach your target audience - both during the event and pre- and post-conference - through alignment with the event's integrated marketing and PR press and social media campaigns.

Cost of exhibition space is £1250 + VAT and includes:

3 x 2 exhibition space only stand in the Conference Foyer
1 x display / 'pop-up' banner 
2x complimentary Conference passes (inclusive of exhibitor passes)
1x table and 2x chairs

Early bird price £950 + VAT when you book by 31 July 2017.

To discuss your interest in sponsorship or exhibiting, please contact Gordon Miller 07771 790299.





The Chartered Institute of Building is at the heart of a management career in construction.

We are the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership.  We have a Royal Charter to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society, and we’ve been doing that since 1834. Our members work worldwide in the development, conservation and improvement of the built environment.


We are the worldwide alliance of environment and sustainability professionals, working to make our businesses and organisations future-proof. Belonging gives us the knowledge, connections and authority to lead collective change, with IEMA’s global sustainability standards as our benchmark.  By mobilising our expertise we will continue to challenge norms, drive new kinds of enterprise and make measurable progress towards our bold vision: transforming the world to sustainability.

We are global thought leaders, consultants, software developers and service providers in sustainable supply chain management. Our mission is to Inspire sustainable








Sponsorship opportunities

There are a limited number of sponsorship opportunities. The following has been prepared to reflect sponsors' leadership aspirations. It is not intended to be exhaustive; we are amenable to discuss inputs and outputs relative to sponsors' levels of commercial investment:


  • Make a knowledge contribution at the symposium
  • Join the advisory panel to guide the symposium's engagement programme
  • Input to shape the symposium's content to achieve your material objectives


  • Introductions to keynote speakers & VIP guests at the symposium
  • Invite a number of key contacts to attend the symposium as your guests
  • Facilitation to meet with delegates outside the symposium format


  • Your branding as a sponsor on the symposium's literature & inc: website; collateral; signage
  • Acknowledged as a sponsor on the symposium's PR & social media outputs
  • Opportunity to collaborate on rich content developed for the symposium inc video



Event: Modern Slavery Act and Ethical Labour in Construction Leadership Symposium

When: Wednesday 18 October 2017 

Where: One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA





The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority works in partnership to protect vulnerable and exploited workers. 

We are a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) governed by an independent Board made up of a chair and six members, who were recruited for their respective knowledge, experience and skills.


Marshalls is the UK's leading hard landscaping manufacturer and has been supplying superior natural stone and innovative concrete products to the construction, home improvement and landscape markets since the 1890s. Marshalls believes that the better our environment, the better we can be and strives to create products that improve our landscapes and create happier and healthier communities.


Media Partners:

Unchosen uses the power of film to fight Modern Slavery. We do this through events, conferences, training and workshops. We show the public and frontline professionals how to see Modern Slavery in their community, and take action against it. Get in touch – Unchosen can help you fight Modern Slavery today. 





The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers' rights around the globe. Our vision is a world where all workers are free from exploitation and discrimination, and enjoy conditions of freedom, security and equity.












Build4Change is an online knowledge hub freely  accessible to anyone interested in sustainability, innovation, research, business and best practice in the built in the built environment. Follow us on twitter @building4change


The symposium is supported by a multi-platform - social media, national and trade press - communications campaign. The integrated media campaign is being delivered by Sustain Worldwide, a strategic communications business led by Gordon Miller, and its public relations partner, Spider PR. Press contact: Thom Walton. 020 7403 6900; 078 8138 9995.