Slavery In the Modern World: Is Your Business Unknowingly Vulnerable?

Matt Friedman, CEO, Mekong Club

Venue : AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, Shaw Centre #23-03 S(228208) - Stamford American Auditorium

Date : March 28, 2018

Time : 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Price : $0.00

2018-03-28 07:45:00 2018-03-28 09:00:00 Asia/Singapore Slavery In the Modern World: Is Your Business Unknowingly Vulnerable? How Can You Reduce Your Business Risk And Play A Positive Role In Eradicating Slavery? Over the past three years, the business risks related to modern slavery (or forced labor) continue to grow significantly. Class action suits and new articles, more than 240 major articles last year alone, have exposed companies engaged in this practice. Naming and shaming by NGO campaigners has also occurred. This exposure has led to negative impacts on company reputations, brand value, consumer perceptions and shareholder value. This happens even if a company has participated in a forced labor support system unknowingly. More than 40 million people are living in conditions of modern slavery in Asia Pacific and the majority of those people are found in forced labor situations associated with manufacturing supply chains. Modern slavery poses a great risk, not only to the welfare of the individuals, but also to the survival of businesses. Due to its clandestine nature, it is often difficult for businesses to identify the risks. The Mekong Club is the one of the first not-for-profit organizations of its kinds in Asia to use “business to business” approaches to fight slavery. Bridging the gap between public and private sectors, the Mekong Club helps companies of all sizes to understand the complexity of modern slavery and to reduce their vulnerability within their supply chain/business environment. Matt Friedman, CEO of the Mekong Club, and an international human trafficking expert, will be Singapore to talk about the scale of the problem, and how businesses can tackle it. AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, Shaw Centre #23-03 S(228208) - Stamford American Auditorium AmCham Singapore

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Hosted by the Supply Chain, Transportation, & Logistics, Human Capital, and Legal & IPR Committees

Agenda

7:45 am – 8:00 am
     Registration
8:00 am – 8:05 am     Introduction of speaker
8:05 am – 8:45 am     Presentation
8:45 am – 9:00 am     Q&A / Discussion

Synopsis

How Can You Reduce Your Business Risk And Play A Positive Role In Eradicating Slavery?

Over the past three years, the business risks related to modern slavery (or forced labor) continue to grow significantly. Class action suits and new articles, more than 240 major articles last year alone, have exposed companies engaged in this practice. Naming and shaming by NGO campaigners has also occurred.

This exposure has led to negative impacts on company reputations, brand value, consumer perceptions and shareholder value. This happens even if a company has participated in a forced labor support system unknowingly.

More than 40 million people are living in conditions of modern slavery in Asia Pacific and the majority of those people are found in forced labor situations associated with manufacturing supply chains. Modern slavery poses a great risk, not only to the welfare of the individuals, but also to the survival of businesses. Due to its clandestine nature, it is often difficult for businesses to identify the risks.

The Mekong Club is the one of the first not-for-profit organizations of its kinds in Asia to use “business to business” approaches to fight slavery. Bridging the gap between public and private sectors, the Mekong Club helps companies of all sizes to understand the complexity of modern slavery and to reduce their vulnerability within their supply chain/business environment.

Matt Friedman, CEO of the Mekong Club, and an international human trafficking expert, will be Singapore to talk about the scale of the problem, and how businesses can tackle it.

About the Speaker

Matt Friedman
CEO
Mekong Club

Matt Friedman is an international human trafficking expert with more than 29 years’ experience as a manager, program designer, evaluator and frontline responder. He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Mekong Club, an organization of Hong Kong-based private sector business leaders who have joined forces to help fight human trafficking in Asia. Mr. Friedman was previously Regional Project Manager at the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) in Thailand, an inter-agency coordinating body that linked the United Nations system with governments and civil society groups in China, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Prior to this, he worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Thailand, Bangladesh and Nepal where he designed and managed country and regional human trafficking programs. Mr Friedman also offers regular technical advice to numerous governments and corporations working to stop slavery, and is the author of eleven books.

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