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Leaning in: Advancing the Role of Finance Against Modern Slavery

17 December 2018, 17:00
RUSI Whitehall
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This event, co-hosted with the Freedom Fund, is convened to discuss a new RUSI Occasional Paper, ‘Leaning in: Advancing the Role of Finance Against Modern Slavery’ supported by the Freedom Fund and produced by RUSI’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies.

In recent years, the financial sector has become an increasingly high-profile contributor to efforts to identify and disrupt modern slavery and human trafficking.  Specific financial sector-led initiatives have emerged; and multilateral efforts have included a significant emphasis on the role of the financial sector.  Furthermore, in advanced markets such as Europe and the US, financial institutions are increasingly incorporating policies to address modern slavery and human trafficking into their financial crime compliance operating models to good effect.  The commitment shown by the industry should be welcomed as it supplements the existing work by governments and NGOs.

But can this commitment from the financial sector go further – beyond financial crime compliance and transaction monitoring – by using the provision of finance as a force for good to affect change in the supply-chain behaviour of their clients? 

The event will include a presentation of the new paper, followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A.

Participants will include:

  • Jo Webb, lead author
  • Cindy Berman, Head of Modern Slavery Strategy, Ethical Trading Initiative
  • Nick Grono, CEO of the Freedom Fund
  • Simon Connell, Head of Sustainability Strategy, Standard Chartered

The event will be held on-the-record.

Tea and coffee will be served from 1630; the event will begin at 1700 and run until 1830.

To register please click the Register Now button above. If you have any questions please contact Allana Howard, Event Manager at allanah@rusi.org 

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Allana Howard
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