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Seminar - Ending the Business of Slavery

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Anti-Slavery Australia is partnering with Stop the Traffik, Elevate, The Mekong Club and the UTS Centre for Business and Social Innovation to host a seminar with Matt Friedman, founder and CEO of The Mekong Club.

The Mekong Club combats slavery in the private sector by actively educating businesses about human trafficking and slavery and helping businesses implement systems and strategies to address these issues in their supply chains and elsewhere.

The seminar will feature a keynote address by Matt Friedman followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with academic, advocacy and business experts. The panel will address migrant labour trends, ethical supply chains, the Australian Inquiry into Slavery and pinpoint what every Australian business can do to combat human trafficking and slavery in supply chains.

5.30 pm - 7pm, Tuesday 25 July
Level 4 – Room 4.k
UTS Library

Keynote Speaker
Matt Friedman, has over 25 years' experience advocating against, and addressing, human trafficking and slavery. His extensive experience includes working with USAID and the UN throughout Asia, designing and managing programs to address human trafficking and also working with, and coordinating efforts between, governments and civil society groups in China, Cambodia, Thailand, Lao PDR and Vietnam. He has also written nine books on a variety of related topics and produced two award-winning international films on sex trafficking in Nepal and India.

Jennifer Burn, Professor of Law, Director, Anti-Slavery Australia, Faculty of Law, UTS
Anti-Slavery Australia is the only university based law and research centre in Australia dedicated to advancing the rights of people who have experienced human trafficking and extreme forms of exploitation by providing access to legal advice and representation for trafficked and enslaved people in Australia.

Carolyn Kitto, co-director of STOP THE TRAFFIK Australian Coalition
STOP THE TRAFFIK is a coalition of 30 organisations which seek to prevent, disrupt and abolish human trafficking and slavery. STOP THE TRAFFIK seeks to work with business in a model of shared responsibility. Her background is in international development, human rights and advocacy.

Laura McManus, Ethical Sourcing Lead, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia
Laura currently works with Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia's People and Culture team in the role of Ethical Sourcing Lead. Building on the company's strong CSR foundation, this role explores different elements of responsible sourcing including policy, risk and supplier engagement to ultimately embed human rights considerations in business decisions. Laura has developed and is implementing the business' Ethical Sourcing Roadmap.

Patrick McKeller, VP, Improvement Services, ELEVATE
Patrick formulates pragmatic, impactful programs that help all stakeholders realize improvements in their sustainable social and operational performance. Patrick leads the delivery and implementation for all improvement service work within ELEVATE.

Paul Redmond, Sir Gerard Brennan Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, UTS
Paul Redmond is Sir Gerard Brennan Professor of Law at UTS and has researched and written widely in corporate law, governance and responsibility.

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