Webinar: An introduction to BS25700 - Organisational Response to Modern Slavery Watch the recording below

In this FREE webinar, Action Sustainability and Lead Consultant Helen Carter, will showcase the new BS25700, which Helen helped to develop, the standard will provide guidance on how you can embed effective modern slavery due diligence.

The Modern Slavery Act came into force in 2015 and since then we’ve seen a wealth of similar legislation appear across the globe. In addition, there are increasing reports of trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage, and other human cruelties tied to supply chains from all industries.

There are a number of due diligence standards out there but launched this year is the new BS25700 – Organisational Response to Modern Slavery that has been developed to provide your organisations with guidance on how you can develop your own organisational requirements and work with your supply chain to embed effective due diligence

In this 1 hour webinar you will hear from speakers who helped write the new standard and gain an insight into what is contained within it. You’ll discover how the standard could provide your organisation with a roadmap to addressing what is an increasing risk in these volatile times.

By the end of this webinar you will:

  • Gain insight into the main elements of the BS25700.
  • Understand what activities are key in setting up an organisational response to modern slavery.
  • Develop an understanding of the benefits and drivers for establishing an effective organisational response.

About the speakers

Helen Carter

Helen Carter is an experienced procurement and sustainable procurement professional with over 20 years of experience across both sectors. Now working as a Lead Consultant, Helen has over 10 years of experience working at Action Sustainability, supporting clients such as Network, TfL, Balfour Beatty, and the Ministry of Defence.

Helen leads on our Modern Slavery & Human Rights consultancy services, developing numerous tools to help organisations, and their supply chains, meet, and often succeed, the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

This year she’s played a vital role in developing the new BS25700 – Organisational Response to Modern Slavery, which aims to guide organisations on how they can develop their own organisational requirements and work with their supply chain to embed effective Modern Slavery due diligence.

Dr. Gabriela Gutierrez-Huerter O

Dr Gabriela Gutierrez-Huerter O is a Lecturer in International Management at King’s Business School, King’s College London, UK. She received her PhD from the University of Nottingham. Her work is at the intersection of international business, CSR and comparative institutional analysis. Since 2015, she has been studying the responses of the UK construction industry to the issue of modern slavery.

Gabriela’s work has been published in the ‘Journal of International Business Studies’ and ‘Research in Global Strategic Management’ and the ‘Journal of Business Ethics’. As part of her research on modern slavery, she has been a member of the British Standards Institution (BSI) technical committee to modern slavery which developed the new BS25700 – Organisational Responses to Modern Slavery. She teaches Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics and Sustainability at the Undergraduate level.

Dr Alexander Trautrims

Dr Alexander Trautrims is Professor of Supply Chain Management at Nottingham University Business School and Associate Director at the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab’s, leading its large Business and Economies Programme.

He has many years of experience in leading research projects on modern slavery in supply chain and his research focuses on modern slavery in private and public sector supply chains and procurement. His 2015 journal article “Modern slavery challenges to supply chain management” was the world’s first article about modern slavery in an academic supply chain management journal. His research, knowledge exchange, and intervention projects on modern slavery have been funded by the British Academy, FCDO, ESRC, US State Department, and Public Works Canada. He co-chairs the British Standards Committee on Organizational Responses to Modern Slavery (BS25700) and served as a technical expert on the Council of Europe’s Drafting Committee on Trafficking for the Purpose of Labour Exploitation.

After a recent secondment as Senior Adviser on Human Trafficking in Supply Chains to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), he continues to work with the OSCE to advise States on their measures against modern slavery and human trafficking. He works closely with business practitioners on impact-oriented research and has published practitioner guidelines on modern slavery in supply chains with UK construction, the Local Government Association, and the OSCE.

Colleen Therom

Colleen is a tri-qualified solicitor and founder of Ardea International, a specialist company that provides sustainability, business and human rights and modern slavery expertise to enable companies to meet both their legal obligations and develop best practice standards. She is a fellow of IEMA and a research fellow of the Bakhita Centre for Research on Slavery and Abuse and a lecturer at Birkbeck University, London on human rights and business.

Colleen has over 30 years of legal and commercial experience of working with business, organisations and NGOs across sectors and provides training and online resources on human rights, modern slavery and sustainability issues. Her book ‘Strategic Sustainable Procurement: law and best practice‘ is published by Routledge. She recently published a chapter ‘Modern Slavery and Transparency in Supply Chains- the Role of Business’ In The Modern Slavery Agenda: Policy, Politics and Practice in the UK’. Her upcoming chapter ‘ The role of business in the exploitation and rehabilitation of survivors of modern slavery’ will be published by Policy Press later this year.

She has spoken widely on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, modern slavery and sustainable business. She sits on the advisory board for LexisPSL Environment, is a committee member of the Social Responsibility Alliance. She is nominated as one of the Top 100 Corporate Modern slavery influencers in the UK in 2018. She has been a member of the BSI committee developing BS25700: Guidance on modern slavery for organisations.

This session is open to all levels of expertise and professionals from all sectors who are interested in developing modern slavery due diligence for their organisation.

Session time: 1 hour.

This session is free to attend.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact billy@supplychainschool.co.uk.

For more information

Helen Carter
Lead Consultant