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Innovation Forum LogoThe Consumer Goods Forum was pleased to participate in the Innovation Forum’s upcoming ‘How business can tackle modern slavery and forced labour’ conference, held on 25th and 26th April 2017 in London. 

The multi-stakeholder event brought together leaders from business, government and civil society, to provide a space for focused and nuanced discussion on how individual businesses can tackle modern slavery in their supply chains and operations. Delegates were equipped with the guidance and knowledge to proactively mitigate risk and effectively respond to discovered cases of forced labour.

The CGF Social Sustainability and GSCP Director, Didier Bergeret, participated in the conference alongside senior professionals from the U.S. Department of Labor, L’Oréal, IHRB, the ILO, Danone and more. Didier shared key insights on the topic including CGF’s work on forced labour eradication. 

Through the first-ever industry resolution against forced labour, CGF member companies came together to acknowledge and take a stance against the deep rooted issue of forced labour in global supply chains. This commitment was taken a step further in December of last year, when three Priority Industry Principles were announced to help implement the resolution.

The principles, which are straight-forward and easy applicable, may help stop cases that lead to forced labour. They will only have the greatest impact however if mainstreamed and applied on a broad scale. Stakeholder engagement is an essential part of this mainstreaming and the CGF welcomes the opportunity to proactively discuss and share best practice at events like Innovation Forum’s forced labour conference.