Following on the previous two highly acclaimed Modern Slavery and Ethical Labour in Construction Leadership Symposia, held in November 2016 and October 2017, the 3rd annual symposium, ‘Eradicating Modern Slavery: How Good Governance Demonstrates Leadership and Mitigates Risk’, will take place on 27 September 2018 at Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London W1B. 

The programme for the 3rd annual 2018 Symposium draws together the corporate leaders, professional institutions and membership associations, and public and third sector advocates who are driving the agenda to raise awareness to eradicate modern slavery and labour exploitation in UK direct business operations and global supply chains.

This construction industry leading, high profile event takes an intelligence led, supply chain approach to demonstrate, through knowledge contributions and case study interventions, how the leading companies and organisations are driving best practice to exceed the Modern Slavery Act (2015) compliance requirements. In doing so, they 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 2018 programme of activities, significantly contributes to our industry to ensure we are ready to meet the social and economic challenges wrought by modern slavery, human trafficking and labour exploitation.

Why attend:

Delegates will learn the practical measures leading companies and organisations in our sector are undertaking to map and monitor their supply chains, and remediate where they discover evidence of illegal and unethical practices.

  • Understand the requirements of the MSA in a construction sector context
  • Gain insight and knowledge of the key ethical labour issues they need to address in their organisations and businesses
  • 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 
  • Hear from the sector's professional institutions and membership associations
  • 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.

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

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


Modern Slavery and Ethical Labour in Construction Leadership Symposium 2018

When: 9am-5pm, Thursday 27 September 2018

Where: Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 66 Portland Place, Marylebone, London W1B 1AD




The 2018 Annual UK Top100 Corporate Modern Slavery Influencers’ Index Recognition Dinner 

When: 7pm-11pm, Wednesday 26 September 2018

Where: Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 66 Portland Place, Marylebone, London W1B 1AD






Sponsored by 


Nominated Charity


2018 Programme

Eradicating Modern Slavery: How Good Governance Demonstrates Leadership and Mitigates Risk

 Click here to download 2018 programme

Registration & Exhibition

Insight Session

Chair’s Welcome and Introduction – Delivering Impact in 2018

  • GLAA Construction Protocol
  • 2018 Annual UK Top100 Corporate Modern Slavery Influencers’ Index #Top100Index
  • Ethical Labour Standard

Dr Shamir Ghumra, BREEAM Director, BRE 

Anti-trafficking work at home and abroad: Prevent, Rescue, Restore, Reform

Ben Cooley, CEO, Hope for Justice


The Baroness Young of Hornsey OBE

People Matter – Wales’s approach to tackling unethical labour in supply chains

Dr Sue Hurrell, Special Projects Manager at Welsh Government

Social Impact – Bright Future – providing employment for victims of Modern Slavery

Paul Gerrard, Group Policy and Campaigns Director, The Co-op

Raising awareness about social injustice through thought-provoking visual performance

Anja Meinhardt, Artistic Director, Justice in Motion

Panel Q&A

Joining the above speakers on the panel are: 

Chris Harrop, Group Marketing Director, Marshalls

Networking Break & Exhibition followed by Intelligence Session

GLAA 2018 – Intelligence, and Construction Protocol

Mark Heath, Deputy Director of Business Change and Development, Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA)

Modern Slavery Helpline Intelligence: The Power of Data

Justine Currell, Deputy PCC Bedfordshire; Executive Director, Unseen – administrators of the Modern Slavery Helpline

UK Intelligence – Geographic Prevalence of Victims in the UK Using a Statistical Model

Sam Haynes, Head of Indices, Verisk Maplecroft

Sector Intelligence – CIOB Report: Modern Slavery in UK Construction

Chris BlytheOBE, Chief Executive, The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

IEMA Sustainability in Practice Guide – Managing Compliance with Environmental and Human Rights Law

Colleen Theron, IEMA Fellow, Lawyer and MD, Ardea International

Panel Q&A

Joining the above speakers on the panel are: 

Alice Hands, Sustainable Procurement Manager, Sir Robert McAlpine

Networking Lunch & Exhibition

Impact Session – Concurrent Masterclasses (Delegates to choose to attend one)

  1. Risk Mitigation Structuring

Mark Heath, Deputy Director of Business Change, GLAA  What steps do the GLAA take when a victim is identified?

• How can attendees feed into that process and how does this affect your construction project? – 20-minute presentation

• Q&A Session – 5–10 minutes

Laura Croft, Consultant, Ardea International  Are Insurance and Finance responding to exploitation risks?

• An insight into how exploitation is being considered as part of the Insurance and Finance companies decision making process – 20-minute presentation

• Q&A Session – 5–10 minutes

Ciara Pryce, Group Services Director, VGC Group  What are labour organisations doing to ensure your labour is not exploited? 

• An overview of the methodology and steps VGC are taking to ensure that labour is not exploited – 20-minute presentation

• Q&A Session – 5–10 minutes

Helen Carter, Sustainable Procurement Consultant, Action Sustainability  How do you identify exploitation in a transparent supply chain? 

• An overview of how you hotspot your supply chain and key aspects to consider – 20-minute presentation

• Q&A Session – 5–10 minutes

Facilitation: Helen Carter, Sustainable Procurement Consultant, Action Sustainability; James Cadman, Lead Consultant, Action Sustainability 

  1. Sustainability and Integrated Compliance Management    

Dr Gillian Pratt, Deputy Director Future Regulation, Environment Agency  Latest regulatory developments within the Environment Agency to ensure better compliance with environmental law

• An overview of the Environment Agency’s Modern Approach to Regulation whereby operators are encouraged take responsibility for their environmental performance, demonstrating to regulators that they can effectively manage environmental impacts, use resources efficiently and operate in a socially responsible manner – 10-minute presentation

• Structured questions & group exercises focused around key themes – 15 minutes

Dr Sue Hurrell, Special Projects Manager in the Commercial Directorate of the Welsh Government – Challenges in monitoring compliance in the supply chain

• Examples of how the Code of practice on Ethical employment in supply chains has been applied in particular sectors in Wales and the challenges and lessons learnt by the Welsh government – 10-minute presentation

• Structured questions & group exercises focused around key themes – 15 minutes

Paul Gerrard, Group Policy and Campaigns Director, Co-op & Fellow member of IEMA – Successfully campaigning against modern slavery across the supply chain

• Supply chains and reporting. The challenges that The Co-op have faced and lessons they have learnt in complying with the Modern Slavery act and ensuring other businesses fully integrate their campaigns to combat modern slavery throughout your supply chain  – 10-minute presentation

• Structured questions & group exercises focused around key themes – 15 minutes

Kirit Patel, Environment Manager, DHL Supply Chain & Fellow member of IEMA – Ensuring cross border compliance with human rights legislation

• The obstacles faced and lessons learnt by Deutsche Post DHL Group in complying with human rights legislation across multiple sites in different jurisdictions – 10-minute presentation

• Structured questions & group exercises focused around key themes – 15 minutes

Facilitation: Colleen Theron, IEMA Fellow, Lawyer and MD, Ardea International; Marc Jourdan, IEMA Policy & Engagement Lead





Refreshments, Exhibition & Networking

Depart at your leisure


Baroness Young OBE

Baroness Young OBE

Mark Heath

Mark Heath


Dr Shamir Ghumra

Dr Shamir Ghumra


Justine Currell

Justine Currell


Chris Blythe OBE

Chris Blythe OBE


Helen Carter

Helen Carter

Action Sustainability

Alan Vallance

Alan Vallance


Colleen Theron

Colleen Theron

Ardea International

Alice Hands

Alice Hands

Sir Robert McAlpine

James Cadman

James Cadman

Action Sustainability

Paul Gerrard

Paul Gerrard


Dr Sue Hurrell

Dr Sue Hurrell

Welsh Government

Anja Meinhardt

Anja Meinhardt

Justice in Motion 

Chris Harrop

Chris Harrop


Ben Cooley

Ben Cooley

Hope for Justice

Marc Jourdan

Marc Jourdan


Sam Haynes

Sam Haynes

Verisk Maplecroft

Kirit Patel

Kirit Patel

DHL Supply Chain

Dr Gillian Pratt

Dr Gillian Pratt

Environment Agency

Ciara Pryce

Ciara Pryce

VGC Group


Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 66 Portland Place, Marylebone, London W1B 1AD




Sponsorship & Exhibition

Sponsorship opportunities

There are a limited number of sponsorship opportunities for the 2018 Symposium and Top100 Modern Slavery Influencers’ Index 2018. 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

To discuss sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact: Gordon Miller +44 (0)7771 790299

Click here to download the sponsorship brochure

Exhibition opportunities

Position your products and services to reach your target audience - both during the event and pre- and post-conference and at the Top100 Influencers’ Index Recognition Dinner - through alignment with the events’ 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 or Index Recognition Dinner 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 30 July 2018.

*Does not give access to or table places at the Index Recognition Dinner 

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


This year's 2018 Symposium is supported by:

Action Sustainability are global thought leaders, consultants, software developers and service providers in sustainable business and supply chain management. Our mission is to “Inspire sustainable business”. Our aim is to extend the boundaries of best practice in sustainability by working with leading international clients who are recognised by their peers as leaders in their class.


RIBA aims to support British architects and introduce new people to the world of architecture. The Royal Institute of British Architects champions
better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members.

We provide the standards, training, support and recognition that put our members, in the UK and overseas, at the peak of their profession.



CIPS is the premier global organisation serving the procurement and supply profession. Dedicated to promoting best practice, CIPS provides a wide range of services for the benefit of members and the wider business community.

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.  



IEMA 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.

Sir Robert McAlpine is a family-owned UK building and civil engineering company. We are proud to be industry leaders due to our outstanding technical expertise and the personal service we provide to our clients. 

We pride ourselves on finding ever better ways to deliver excellent results with greater efficiency and our progressive, responsible approach is key to our sustained success. Across our business we share a common set of values which inform the decisions we make on a day-to-day basis and help us to work as one team, providing the best possible service.




Constructing Excellence is a platform from which to stimulate, debate and drive much needed change in the Construction sector. Our thought leading members from the entire supply chain – clients, industry and users – share a vision for change through innovation and collaboration. We are funded and governed nationally by corporate membership, and invites anyone who wants to be part of the change process to become active members.




Download the white paper now

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:


Download Free E-paper: 7 key Modern Slavery Act considerations 


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.