Speaker: Cindy Berman, Head of Knowledge and Learning, Ethical Trading Initiative and Monique Villa, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation
We are pleased to welcome two leading experts on Modern Slavery and Child Labour, key issues for many organisations working in developing countries. The UK announced in September a £33.5m International Modern Slavery Fund, as part of the UK Aid budget, to tackle slavery in ODA eligible countries.
Cindy Berman is Head of Knowledge and Learning at the Ethical Trading Initiative. The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers’ rights around the globe. With their members they reach more than 10 million workers in global supply chains. Their goal is that workers in global supply chains receive better protection in the workplace through appropriate and better enforced legislation, that rights are respected by those they work for and all those in the value chain, and where abuse occurs, that they have access to effective remedy.
Cindy leads ETI's work on due diligence and modern slavery. She joined ETI in 2014 after 10 years at the UK Department for International Development (DFID) where she worked as Senior Social Development Advisor. At DFID, she was responsible for designing and leading the £10m Work in Freedom programme to prevent forced labour and trafficking of women and girls from South Asia and the Middle East in a partnership with the ILO.
Monique Villa is CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Founder of TrustLaw and Trust Conference. The Thomson Reuters Foundation is the international development arm of the world’s leading provider of news and information: Thomson Reuters. The Foundation tackles modern day slavery and human trafficking through a number of strategic initiatives run by its four key programmes: Trust Conference is the world’s leading anti-slavery forum where leaders of global corporations, policy-makers, NGOs, activists and survivors come together to exchange ideas and commit to concrete actions; the Editorial Team write about issues connected to slavery and keep it on the news agenda; the Media Development Programme offers journalists training courses on how to report on the subject, and TrustLaw, the global pro bono programme connects anti-slavery NGOs with lawyers to meet their specific legal needs.
Monique has been ranked among the world’s 100 most influential people in Business Ethics by Ethisphere. Prior to joining the Foundation, Villa was Managing Director of Reuters Media and Chairman of Action Images. A French national, she spent the first part of her career at Agence France-Presse (AFP). In 2015, Monique received the 2015 Champions for Change Award for her vision and effort in the fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery:
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