Responsible & Ethical Leadership for Global Construction Supply Chains Conference

The nexus of data, traceability, transparency, disclosure.

This construction responsible & ethical leadership conference provides the opportunity to learn the practical measures leading companies and organisations are undertaking to map and monitor their global supply chains and remediate where they discover evidence of illegal and unethical practices.

Each of the 4 aspects (data, traceability, transparency and disclosure) will be addressed through:

  • Keynote by – Chris Harrop OBE, Group Sustainability & Marketing Director, Marshalls Plc
  • Headline presentations by internationally acclaimed authorities
  • Leading figures from business, government, the third sector, academia
  • In conversation” sessions featuring Defra, CIOB,CARES and Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey OBE
  • 27 expert speakers in their respective fields.

Why attend?

  • Hear the latest from the sector’s professional institutions and membership associations.
  • Understand the requirements of responsible and ethical sourcing in construction and be clear on your obligations.
  • Understand the vital role of recruitment practices and procurement frameworks.
  • Understand why data and intelligence are critical to you understanding your business’s human rights risk profile.
  • Learn what traceability, transparency and disclosure mean in context and how they apply to your business.
  • Hear case studies from peers and how their businesses are improving.
  • Assess the risk, implications and challenges for your business.
  • To forge collaborations with peers and industry leaders to create dynamic supply chain solutions.
  • Discover why due diligence is critical, as are the systems and processes required to implement it.

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Intended audience

The Responsible & Ethical Leadership for Global Construction Supply Chains Conference is for all senior construction sector professionals including:

Policy                                            Governance                           Compliance
Legal                                             Recruitment                          Communications
Environment                                 Health & Safety                     Investment
Procurement                                 Human Rights                       Business Development Development
Human Resources

Watch the highlights of 2018’s Modern Slavery & Ethical Labour in Construction Leadership Symposium

“Key takeaways from the #MSA4Construction2018: 1/MSA raised awareness but change has not percolated across majority; 2/risk assessment is becoming a tick box exercise similar to audits; 3/Skills shortages after Brexit will provide conditions for more #ModernSlavery.” Dr Gabriela Gutierrez-Huerter O, King’s Business School, London

“Modern Slavery & Ethical Labour Leadership Conference starts with harsh fact that after 3 years of the #ModernSlavery Act only 50% of companies have a statement. #MSA4Construction2018” Chris Harrop OBE, Group Sustainability & Marketing Director, Marshalls Plc

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Speakers

Pr. Doreen Boyd

Nottingham University

Pr. Doreen Boyd

Nottingham University

Professor Doreen Boyd (Geography) heads the Rights Lab's Data and Measurement Programme at the University of Nottingham. Her revolutionary work uses satellite imagery to map slavery from space. She was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor's Medal in 2018 for her Rights Lab research and leadership.

Katherine Brickell

Professor of Human Geography, University of London

Katherine Brickell

Professor of Human Geography, University of London

Katherine Brickell is Professor of Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has undertaken research in Cambodia for 15 years on foremost human rights issues including domestic violence, forced eviction, and most recently debt-bonded labour in the country’s brick kilns.

Helen Carter

Sector Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability School

Helen Carter

Sector Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability School

For over 15 years Helen has worked within construction industry supply chains – with the emphasis on delivering sustainable outcomes. She has spent much time working with construction organisations and academia advising on best practice in light of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. She has written procurement guidelines amongst other materials providing pragmatic advice for organisations who are looking to open their supply chains and start the journey towards eliminating instances of modern slavery.

Jaya Chakrabarti MBE

CEO, TISCReport

Jaya Chakrabarti MBE

CEO, TISCReport

Jaya is a passionate advocate for engaging business with community through technology to improve people's lives, and was honoured with an MBE from the Queen in 2014's honours list 'For services to the Creative Digital Industries and the community in Bristol'. Following her MBE Jaya set her sights on tackling modern slavery using open data, setting up her social enterprise ‪TISCreport.org‬‬‬ (Transparency In Supply Chains Report) in 2016. It is now the world’s largest transparency register. Outside work Jaya has led projects on democratic engagement, net neutrality, education, privacy, protecting children, women's rights, human rights. Jaya is also an Honorary Research Fellow of the UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science.

Pr. Charles Egbu

President, CIOB

Pr. Charles Egbu

President, CIOB

Professor Charles Egbu FCIOB, CIOB President 2019/20, is Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education & Experience) at the University of East London, England. He has over 25 years of experience in the Higher Education sector. Charles has lectured, nationally and internationally, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in areas such as sustainable development, resilient communities, construction economics, contract procurement, project management, construction management, and innovation & knowledge management in complex environments. He is a Fellow of FRICS, FAPM, FRSA and FHEA.

Dr Shamir Ghumra

BREEAM Director, BRE

Dr Shamir Ghumra

BREEAM Director, BRE

Dr Shamir Ghumra – now BREEAM Director, BRE – was formerly BRE’s Director of Sustainable Products. Shamir has a strong background in ethical construction, leading on the development of BRE Global’s Ethical Labour Standard BES 6002 as a way for organisations to evaluate and eradicate modern slavery from their supply chains. Previous to joining BRE Shamir was Principal Consultant at Responsible Solutions and Head of Sustainability at Aggregate Industries. He is also a board member and co-founder of the Supply Chain Sustainability School and a Fellow of Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.

Pr. Jacqui Glass

Professor in Construction Management, The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment (UCL)

Pr. Jacqui Glass

Professor in Construction Management, The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment (UCL)

Professor Jacqui Glass is Chair in Construction Management, at The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, and Vice Dean Research, The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London.

Jacqui is the founder of APRES, and has researched extensively on sustainability in construction. She was among the 2018 Top 100 Corporate Modern Slavery Influencers. She has published over 150 papers and managed c. £10m of research funding. Jacqui is also a member of the Construction Leadership Council Advisory Board.

Kieran Guilbert

Slavery & Trafficking Editor, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Kieran Guilbert

Slavery & Trafficking Editor, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Kieran Guilbert is the London-based Slavery and Trafficking Editor for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, leading a global team of nine journalists reporting on the topics. He has produced several exclusives on rising numbers of former child slaves being denied refugee status in Britain, labour exploitation on Indian tea plantations stamped slavery free by ethical certification schemes, and erratic development aid spending by the world’s top economies on anti-trafficking projects, as well as a nine-part series on the links between modern technology and human trafficking.

Eddie Tuttle

Director for Policy, Research and Public Affairs, CIOB

Eddie Tuttle

Director for Policy, Research and Public Affairs, CIOB

Eddie has extensive experience working in the public sector working closely with government ministers, senior civil servants and other officials across a variety of regulatory and legislative issues within many facets of government policy.

He is responsible for providing strategic advice to the CIOB’s Senior Management team concerning policy and public affairs issues across the built environment, nationally and internationally.

Dr Gabriela Gutierrez-Huerter O

International Management Lecturer, King's College London

Dr Gabriela Gutierrez-Huerter O

International Management Lecturer, King's College London

Dr Gabriela Gutierrez-Huerter O is a Lecturer in International Management at King’s Business School. Her work is located at the intersection of international business, corporate social responsibility and comparative institutional analysis. Gabriela is currently involved in a research project studying institutional complexity and the responses of the UK construction industry to the issue of modern slavery. Some of her work is forthcoming in the Journal of International Business Studies.

Alice Hands

Sustainable Procurement Manager, Sir Robert McAlpine

Alice Hands

Sustainable Procurement Manager, Sir Robert McAlpine

Alice has worked for Sir Robert McAlpine for seven years. She started in the London Sustainability Team, as a project Sustainability Manager before moving into the central Procurement Team in 2016. A large part of Alice’s role currently centres on the development and delivery of Sir Robert McAlpine’s response to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 which has included becoming the first main contractor to be verified under BRE’s Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard.

Chris Harrop OBE

Group Sustainability & Marketing Director, Marshalls

Chris Harrop OBE

Group Sustainability & Marketing Director, Marshalls

Chris Harrop is Group Marketing Director and Director of Sustainability at Marshalls plc. An accomplished marketer with a proven global track record, Chris’ persistent contribution has ensured that Marshalls not only leads the hard landscaping sector but is also a world-class sustainable business. He drives the organisation to leverage its United Nations Global Compact signatory status for competitive advantage by working to uphold the principles of human rights, labour rights, Environment and Governance. Under Chris’ guidance, the business has won numerous awards for commitment to the environment and supply chain ethics, including BITC, Business in the Community Awards for Excellence and the PLC Awards on 3 occasions.

Chris was Chairman of the United Nations Global Compact UK Network for 4 years from January 2013 and has been a Non-Executive Director of the Ethical Trade Initiative since January 2011. In addition, in June 2017 Chris became Chairman of Made in Britain.

Chris was rated 5th in Ethical Corporation’s Heroes of Sustainability in 2007 and named a Business Game Changer’ by BITC in 2012 and was named as one of the Top 100 Modern Slavery Business Influencers in 2018. Chris rounded off 2018 by being named BtB Marketer of the Year by BtB International.

One of Chris’s proudest moments came in the 2019 New Year Honours List, when Her Majesty the Queen appointed Chris as an Officer of the British Empire, OBE for services to the Prevention of Modern Slavery and Exploitation.

The strategic combination of experience allows Chris to fully understand the dynamic complexities of ethical trade, supply chains and international commerce. Its potent combination affords him great insights which he is then able to recognise and activate in practical terms within his own organisation; he doesn’t just say it he does it.

As a small example Chris made a personal journey to the North Pole in April 2017 to see the effects of climate change himself and to become a better advocate for action on climate change.

Adrian Henriques

Middlesex University

Adrian Henriques

Middlesex University

Adrian Henriques is an adviser on corporate responsibility, social accountability, supply chain issues and sustainability. He has worked with companies, NGOs, social enterprises and the public sector. He has also produced research on social sustainability and taught widely on accountability, stakeholder engagement, social impact measurement and social auditing.

Adrian was for five years a member of the Global Reporting Initiative Steering Committee. He is currently Chair of the UK mirror committee for ISO 22095 on Chain of Custody. Adrian is Visiting Professor of Accountability and CSR at Middlesex University Business School.

His publications include: ‘Traceability: towards a history of everything; BRE’ and ‘Corporate Truth: the limits to transparency’.

Danny Hobson

Head of Ethics & Sustainability, Arco

Danny Hobson

Head of Ethics & Sustainability, Arco

Having worked for Arco for over 20 years, Danny has a wealth of experience managing and supervising Arco’s business systems and supply chain. Responsibility for Arco’s sales and distribution processes has enabled Danny to obtain a broader understanding of supply chain management from both a supplier and distributer perspective.

As well as being responsible for the introduction of Arco’s renowned Product Assurance Laboratory, Danny regularly visits manufacturers and factories in Arco’s supply base to ensure complete visibility across the supply chain and to educate colleagues.

Danny is passionate about his responsibilities at both Arco and the wider industry, and understands the benefits of sharing his knowledge, practical experience and advice. He regularly speaks at customer conferences, responsible sourcing and industry events and to the health and safety trade media.

As the Head of Ethics and Sustainability, Danny represents Arco at a number of industry initiatives such as:
• ETI Modern Slavery Working Group
• Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP)
• Supply Chain Sustainability School
• Co-op Bright Futures Programme

Sam Ireland

Head of Business Change, GLAA

Sam Ireland

Head of Business Change, GLAA

Sam works for the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority as the Head of Business change. The GLAA is a non-departmental public body that aims to protect vulnerable and exploited workers. Sam works with the private sector raising awareness and to support businesses to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking.

Sam has an analytical background having worked in law enforcement for many years on serious and organised crime and has worked with many different partners locally, regionally and nationally to reduce crime and disorder.

Dave Knight

Sustainability Advisor, CARES

Dave Knight

Sustainability Advisor, CARES

CARES Sustainability Advisor, Dave Knight, has spent over 20 years working internationally, across multiple industries and for various UN agencies to advance sustainable, ethical business practices.

Within the construction sector he has developed strategies and narratives, toolkits and social valuation approaches for responsible sourcing as well as audit and verification schemes.

Kate Larsen

Founder, SupplyESChange Initiative & Services

Kate Larsen

Founder, SupplyESChange Initiative & Services

Kate Larsen has worked 17 years in Supply Chain Labour standards, Modern Slavery remediation and Sustainability. A Chinese speaker who worked in China and Asia for 11 years, Kate developed Responsible Sourcing in FTSE100 and listed corporates. Kate managed and led audits in construction, materials and service suppliers, and for investors, and helps companies understand Human Rights Due Diligence required by Transparency laws, and how collaborations deliver the verified risk reductions and SDGs.

Martina Macpherson

President, Network for Sustainable Financial Markets

Martina Macpherson

President, Network for Sustainable Financial Markets

Martina is President of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets, a global non-for-profit ESG think tank and social network for the next generation of sustainable finance experts. She is also the Founder of SI Partners Ltd, an independent consulting firm specializing in (extra) financial risk management, legal and compliance, research and analytics solutions. Martina is a doctoral fellow at ICRMP UK, a visiting fellow at Henley Business School and a guest lecturer at University of Zurich.

Clare Marsden

Head of Group Commercial, Defra

Clare Marsden

Head of Group Commercial, Defra

Sustainable business and supply chains lie at the heart of Clare’s approach to business delivery. She’s also motivated by leading, inspiring and enabling people to perform brilliantly – teams and suppliers. To do this she draws on the knowledge, expertise and experience gained in a 25 year career as a procurement professional, commercial contract manager and chartered civil engineer. She has lead national and project teams delivering a professional commercial service, infrastructure construction, business change and new ways of working. Champion for sustainability in supply chains across Defra, she is currently implementing sustainable procurement practices across the Defra group.

Jim McClelland

McClelland Media

Jim McClelland

McClelland Media

Jim McClelland is a renowned speaker, facilitator and journalist in the world of sustainability. Ranking in the worldwide Top 3 Media Influencers in Sustainability, Jim is also included in Debrett’s People of Today, in recognition for his positive influencing in Great Britain. Jim has contributed to The Times, Sunday Times, Business Reporter (Daily Telegraph) and many other key publications.

Alison Nicholl

Associate Director, Constructing Excellence

Alison Nicholl

Associate Director, Constructing Excellence

Alison heads up Constructing Excellence, a platform from which to stimulate, debate and drive much needed change in the construction sector. Alison is passionate about improving the construction industry and has 18 years’ experience delivering knowledge transfer and industry change in the built environment sector.

Christopher Riley

Executive Chairman, Verisio

Christopher Riley

Executive Chairman, Verisio

Christopher Riley has been running companies in Asia for over 30 years. He was the owner of a quality and social compliance auditing company that performed over 30,000 factory site visits a year for major global retailers and brands across 18 countries. He sold the company in 2012 to a large German competitor and is now Executive Chairman of Verisio, which provides Supply Chain Transparency Solutions for Modern Slavery Act Due Diligence, using its proprietary software ‘Optimus' and its teams of ethical auditors in the UK and Asia.

Tim Rudin

Head of Group Responsible Procurement, GLA

Tim Rudin

Head of Group Responsible Procurement, GLA

Tim leads the Greater London Authority Group Central Responsible Procurement Team, implementing the Mayor’s Responsible Procurement Policy across the Group’s £11bn spend. This includes leading Transport for London’s approach to ethical sourcing, becoming the first UK public sector member of the ETI and a founding member of Electronics Watch. TfL was one of the first UK public sector bodies to publish a modern slavery statement.

Colleen Theron

CEO, Ardea International

Colleen Theron

CEO, Ardea International

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 voluntary best practice standards. She is a fellow of IEMA and a research fellow of the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery, St Mary’s Twickenham.

She has over 2 years of legal and commercial experience of working with business, organisations and NGOs across sectors on both a strategic and operational level and provides training and online resources to both directors and employees on human rights, modern slavery and sustainability issues. Colleen has a LLM (with distinction) in Environmental Law from the University of Aberdeen. 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’. She sits on the advisory board for LexisPSL Environment and was nominated as one of the Top 100 Corporate Modern slavery influencers in the UK in 2018.

Colleen was part of the Modern Slavery Garden team which won Gold at the Chelsea Flower Show 2016 and has been nominated for an award by the Anti Slavery Awards group. She has set up an anti trafficking hub at the Towers Convent school in West Sussex.

Andrew Knight

International Data Standards Director, RICS

Andrew Knight

International Data Standards Director, RICS

Andrew has been with RICS for over eight years and prior to his role as International Data Standards Director, managed RICS’ relationship with the finance and investment community working with debt and equity participants, their advisors in law and accountancy, and regulators. Andrew has also enjoyed a long career in IT starting out running programs on mainframes using punched cards, and then working through the eras of mini-computers, personal computers and the internet - and now the world of Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Blockchain. In his current role, Andrew is responsible for the development and adoption of RICS’ new suite of Data Standards across valuation, property measurement, construction costs, and land title/cadastral.

Stuart Wright

Group Property & Facilities Director, Aviva

Stuart Wright

Group Property & Facilities Director, Aviva

Stuart Wright, as Aviva Plc Group Property and Facilities Director, has a wide remit that includes all operational property acquisitions and disposals, facilities management and Group Carbon and Energy management as part of running the worldwide portfolio. Stuart is Chair of the UK Living Wage Foundation Advisory Council. The Advisory Council provides advice and guidance to the Living Wage Foundation on the development of the Living Wage in the UK.

Baroness Young of Hornsey

OBE

Baroness Young of Hornsey

OBE

Baroness Young of Hornsey OBE is a crossbench peer. Her early career was as a residential social worker in the London Borough of Islington and an actress. Lola chaired the 2017 Booker Prize and the 2018 UK Modern Slavery Influencers’ Index. She is active on ethical issues and is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion.

The Baroness is a champion of human rights and a patron of www.antislavery.org.