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

Register here

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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Download Powerpoint Presentations Here

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.




The 2017 Programme: coming soon!


The programme is in development and will evolve over the ensuing months. The organisers reserve the right to amend the programme without notification, and cannot be held liable for any changes made. 


Mark Heath

Mark Heath


Dr Shamir Ghumra

Dr Shamir Ghumra


Chris McCann

Chris McCann


Elaine Mitchel-Hill

Elaine Mitchel-Hill


Chris Blythe OBE

Chris Blythe OBE


Steven Thompson

Steven Thompson


Sponsorship & Exhibition


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.


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.

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





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.


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. 

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The Gangmasters Licensing 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.


At Resilient.World we believe that stable, mutually profitable supply chain partnerships are the key to building a sustainable future, with resiliency at every stage of the value chain. Drawing on decades of work with multinational corporations, national and supranational governments, NGO’s and producers. www,



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.

Founded in 2009, IHRB is the leading international think tank on business and human rights. IHRB’s mission is to shape policy, advance practice and strengthen accountability in order to make respect for human rights part of everyday business.


Stronger Together is a multi-stakeholder initiative aiming to particularly hidden forced labour, labour trafficking and other third party exploitation of workers reduce modern slavery.


Responsible Solutions have been supporting clients in demonstrating their environmental and corporate responsibility credentials for well over 10 years.  Our team has, between them, over 120 years’ experience in supporting companies in a range of services. Since 2008 we have become one of the construction industry’s leading advisors on “Responsible Sourcing for Construction Products” including certification to the BES6001 standard.


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.