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 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: 6pm-11pm, Wednesday 26 September 2018

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





2018 Programme to follow


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

Click here for 2017 programme



Baroness Young of Hornsey,OBE

Baroness Young of Hornsey,OBE

Mark Heath

Mark Heath


Dr Shamir Ghumra

Dr Shamir Ghumra


Chris Blythe OBE

Chris Blythe OBE


Helen Carter

Helen Carter

Supply Chain Sustainability School

Tim Balcon

Tim Balcon


Paul Gerrard

Paul Gerrard



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



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.