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Seminar: Modern Slavery and the Impact on the Private Sector

September 10, 2019, 1:30 - 3:00 PM

Location:   Ontario Investment and Trade Centre
                  250 Yonge St (35th Floor), Toronto, ON M5B 2L7

Every four seconds, another person enters a modern slavery situation somewhere in the world. 

Many companies recognize that global sourcing and commerce often represent a significant challenge to ethical compliance as well as a potential business risk. There are serious consequences associated with failure to comply with anti-modern slavery regulations.matt_friedman.jpeg

The Canadian Apparel Federation, together with Norton, Rose Fulbright and the City of Toronto - Economic Development, will be holding a 90-minute seminar in September to highlight this important issue and its relevance to the private sector. The session will be presented by Matt Friedman, Executive Director of the Mekong Club - an organization dedicated to private sector solutions to modern slavery: forced labour and child labour. Members of the Mekong Club include apparel industry leaders Li & Fung, MGF, Adidas, Kering and VF Corp, among others. A full list of Mekong Club members is available here

Over the past three years, Mr. Friedman has presented to over 30,000 corporate officials across the world through 450 events. This event s being held to inform industry of this important issue. There is no charge to attend, and no service to purchase. The seminar will explore the following topics:

  • The changing modern slavery paradigm in all its forms;
  • The relationship between human trafficking and modern slavery;
  • A comprehensive summary of global trends and patterns;
  • An update on recent and emerging legislation;
  • A detailed description of the relationship between forms of modern slavery and business risk;
  • A detailed analysis of the relevance of this issue to the private sector; and
  • A description of tangible, practical tools and approaches used throughout the world to help businesses identify and address this potential problem. 

For more information on Mr. Friedman, click here


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