Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Modern Slavery: Are we complicit?

Taking place on the first day of Fairtrade Fortnight 2016, this event seeks to explore the issues and ways in which individuals and organisations can contribute to ending modern slavery.

Slavery still exists in the world today, from trafficking to bonded or forced labour, and effects a broad range of industries both overseas and within the UK. International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that over 20 Million people around the world are victims of forced labour.

The global Sustainable Development Goals call for immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking. Are these only issues for governments? How do we as individuals and organisations contribute to the problem and to the solutions? As consumers many of the products we rely on may have links to slavery.

Through a series of inspiring contributions from expert speakers, the discussion will broaden our understanding of the issue, explore the steps that have been taken to eradicate slavery, look at what more needs to be done, and also identify what we can do as individuals to be more responsible consumers.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Karen Bowman, Director of Procurement, University of Edinburgh
  • Kathy Galloway, Head of Christian Aid Scotland
  • Mary Hanlon, PhD Student, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
  • Mei-Ling McNamara, PhD Student, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, University of Edinburgh

Doors open from 5.30pm, with the event starting promptly at 6.00pm.


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Feb 29 2016 18:00 - 19:30

Modern Slavery: Are we complicit?

Entry is on a first come first served basis. If you are late, we cannot guarantee your place.
This event may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University and University approved third parties.

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, High School Yards, Edinburgh, EH1 1LZ