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Ending the Business of Slavery
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Date: Tuesday, 25 July 2017
Location: Sydney

Course Overview:

Co-hosted by Anti-Slavery Australia, Stop the Traffik, ELEVATE, The Mekong Club and UTS:CBSI, this seminar will give you the knowledge and tools to ensure your business can take an ethical stand against human trafficking and slavery in supply chains.

Keynote speaker Matt Friedman, CEO of the Mekong Club and a panel of academic, advocacy and business experts will discuss ethical supply chains, migrant labour trends and the Parliamentary Inquiry into a Modern Slavery Act for Australia.

Time: 5.30pm –7.00pm 

Location: UTS Library, Room 4K, 1 Quay Street, Haymarket

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Matt Friedman, CEO, Mekong Club

Matt Friedman is an international human trafficking expert with more than 25 years of experience as an activist, program designer, evaluator, and manager.

From 2006 to 2012, Friedman was the Regional Project Manager of the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) in Thailand, an inter-agency coordinating body that links the United Nations system with governments and civil society groups in China, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Prior to this (1991-2006), Friedman worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Thailand, Bangladesh and Nepal. During this period, he designed and managed both country and regional human trafficking programs, helped to establish a counter- trafficking regional training center, and participated in resource mobilization and production of two award-winning international films about sex trafficking in Nepal and India.

Friedman is also a technical advisor to numerous governments working to stop slavery. He is frequently cited in the news media on issues related to human trafficking and slavery in Southeast Asia and invited to speak at major conferences around the world. He is the author of nine books, on subjects ranging from human trafficking to the ancient art of Bangladesh metal casting.

Laura McManus, Ethical Sourcing Lead, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia

Laura McManus is a business and human rights practitioner from Sydney, Australia with a keen interest in how companies and the non-for-profit sector can engage in meaningful and sustainable social impact. Her research interests include human trafficking for forced labour, the recruitment of migrant workers, domestic worker rights and ethical sourcing. She has lived and worked in Nepal and the Netherlands where she explored her passion for child rights and youth participation in peacebuilding.

Her more recent work explores the growing nexus between the private sector, traditional Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and rights holders. Laura was Co-author of the Tackling Modern Slavery in Supply Chains Guide, a publication by the Walk Free Foundation where she worked as a Project Lead with the Business Engagement team. She has conducted social compliance audits in Australia and enjoys engaging with worker and grassroots groups.

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. Laura’s other responsibilities include contributing to projects on diversity, employee engagement, internal communication, private-public partnerships and aligning the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to corporate strategy.

Patrick McKeller, VP, Improvement Services, ELEVATE

Having worked with and within a multitude of different stakeholders, Patrick’s greatest expertise lies in his ability to align departments and capabilities, and to unite people and components under a singular purpose or vision.Patrick has worked in a number of different environments, from directly with CEOs, to production facilities, and alongside buyers, product developers and merchandisers. He has led logistics and overseas operation management, run quality control efforts, and hosted large events. He has also had significant experience in supporting manufacturers, brands, retailers, and vendors in various compliance and improvement related efforts.
Within ELEVATE, Patrick utilizes all of these experiences to help formulate 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.
Prior to joining ELEVATE, Patrick spent six years working in the footwear industry as the Director of Sourcing Logistics and Compliance for a major U.S. footwear organization. During his time there, he oversaw all CSR, logistics, and quality control efforts.

Jennifer Burn, Professor of Law, Director, Anti-Slavery Australia, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney

Jennifer Burn teaches the specialist law elective subject, The Law of Slavery and Human Trafficking. Jennifer has taught in the areas of administrative law, citizenship, migration and social justice issues for many years.

Since 2003 Jennifer Burn has been the Director of Anti-Slavery Australia. Anti-Slavery Australia is made up of a dedicated team of researchers, educators and lawyers dedicated to eliminating all forms of human trafficking and slavery through research, direct service and advocacy programs. Anti-Slavery Australia provides access to legal advice and representation for people who have experienced trafficking and slavery. It advocates for changes to laws and policies to improve the protection of the rights of people who have been trafficked.

Due to their exposure to the specialised legal practice conducted with Anti-Slavery Australia, these lawyers know the impact of trafficking and slavery on trafficked people and have been able to use that knowledge to advocate more effective legal and human rights practices and protections. Anti-Slavery Australia's research focus has been to review the operation of immigration law, family  and criminal law. Examples include the evaluation of the trafficking visa framework and associated social support administered by the Australian Red Cross and research into the emerging issue of forced marriage in Australia. Anti-Slavery Australia welcomes student contributions to the anti-slavery initiatives and has a robust community engagement focus.

Facilitated by Carolyn Kitto, Lead Activist, Stop the TRAFFIK

Carolyn Kitto is 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 responsibioity. Her background is in international development, human rights and advocacy. With Fuzz Kitto she also runs a consulting business which is focused on impact investing, planning, coaching and leadership.

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