Forced labour and responsible recruitment


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Forced labour is endemic in corporate supply chains, and often linked to migrant workers who find themselves trapped by burdensome debt owed to recruitment agents, deprived of access to their passports, and working long hours or little or no pay.

The PRI co-hosted an afternoon session with KnowTheChain and the Institute for Human Rights and Business to provide investors the opportunity to hear a corporate, investor and civil society perspective on how to address forced labour in the food & beverage industry.. The event will mark the launch of KnowTheChain’s second sector benchmark analysing the efforts of 20 global food and beverage companies to address forced labour in their supply chains. It will further and shine a spotlight on recruitment practices in the sector and demonstrate examples of corporate leadership, with a focus on the work of the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment.

For questions regarding this event, please contact Bettina Reinboth.

This workstream links with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals number 8: promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. 


15:00 Arrival and registration

Panel discussion – How food and beverage companies can address forced labour and ensure responsible recruitment of supply chain workers

Moderator: Principles for Responsible Investment


  • Charlotte Williams, Responsible Sourcing Manager, Tesco
  • Sachi Suzuki, Engagement Manager, Hermes Investment Management
  • Felicitas Weber, KnowTheChain Project Lead, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
  • Neill Wilkins, Migrant Workers and Work With Dignity, Institute for Human Rights and Business
16:30 Q&A
17:00 Networking refreshments
18:00 Close
The PRI would like to thank its partners KnowTheChain and the Institute for Human Rights and Business.

This event and PRI workstream links to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals Number 8



PRI - KnowTheChain


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18 Oct 2016 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM (London Time)

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