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Data for investor action on modern slavery

Event: what data do investors need to take effective action on modern slavery?

15 June 2021, 4pm

Published: 4th June 2021

Event: what data do investors need to take effective action on modern slavery?

15 June 2021, 4pm

Organised in collaboration with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and the Alan Turing Institute.

There is increasing recognition of the important role of investors when it comes to addressing modern slavery risks in business supply chains. Investors' information needs in relation to modern slavery risks are of growing importance in times of increasing demand for responsible investing and a rapidly evolving human rights due diligence landscape.

Yet, actionable information on investee companies' exposure to modern slavery risks is scarce and often presented in ways that are difficult to integrate into investment business processes. Resources and tools for investors are weakly developed compared, for example, to those tailored to the needs of supply chain managers.

Commissioned by the Modern Slavery Policy and Evidence Centre (the Modern Slavery PEC), the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and The Alan Turing Institute have undertaken research that seeks to address this situation and enable progress.

The project report, which will be launched at this webinar, maps out the existing modern slavery data landscape from the perspective of investors' information needs and identifies possible areas for improvement. In doing so, it considers relevant types of data, analytical methods and strategies for extracting insights from data, and ways of presenting such insights in practical ways to investors.

The resulting findings provide a much-needed evidence base to unlock the potential of data for effective investor action in relation to modern slavery in the most significant areas.

This event is convened by Lise Smit, Senior Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights and Director, Human Rights Due Diligence Forum; Dr Irene Pietropaoli, Research Leader in Business & Human Rights, BIICL and Florian Ostmann, Policy Theme Lead and Policy Fellow Public Policy Programme, The Alan Turing Institute.

Speakers

Chair: Murray Hunt, Director, Modern Slavery PEC and the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law

Introductory remarks: Dame Sara Thornton, UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

Data for investor action on modern slavery report findings presentation: Dr Florian Ostmann, Policy Theme Lead, The Alan Turing Institute

Panel speakers:

  • Anita Dorett, Director, Investor Alliance for Human Rights
  • Elena Espinoza, Acting Head of Social Issues, UN Principles for Responsible Investment
  • Dr Tauni Lanier, Chief Sustainability Officer, World Wide Generation

Please register through the BIICL website (external link).