Conference information

Come along to show your support for ending modern slavery and human trafficking. This event is hosted by the Bishop of Derby and the University of Derby International Policing and Justice Institute. Featuring special guest, the Archbishop of Canterbury.


The conference marks the tenth anniversary of the creation of the Athens Ethical Principles, drawn up in 2006 by representatives of global businesses and the United Nations. The principles are a seven-step charter designed to urge companies in all countries to ensure zero tolerance of trafficked labour in their business operations. More than 2,000 companies have signed up to pledge their support, including world-leading brands.

The Athens Ethical Principles are not legally binding, but are a compact with the United Nations to align business strategies and operations with universal principles on ending human trafficking in corporate supply chains – including the use of sub-contractors and casual labour in the UK and overseas.

In 2015, the same commitment to ending human trafficking was incorporated into the Companies Act and enshrined in the Modern Slavery Act. As a consequence, businesses with a turnover in excess of £36 million are now required to demonstrate the steps they are taking to eradicate human trafficking from their supply chains.

This conference will give businesses in the East Midlands the opportunity to find out more about the legal and moral dimensions of modern slavery – and encourage them to give their own support to the Athens Ethical Principles.

During the conference, a number of companies and organisations will be publicly declaring their support for the principles by signing a pledge, witnessed and counter-signed by the Archbishop.

Modern slavery is the second largest area of organised criminal activity in the world after drug trafficking and the UK itself is classified as being at ‘medium risk’ of having slavery within its local supply chains.

By attending this conference – and supporting the Athens Ethical Principles – you will be standing side-by-side with other global brands and organisations. Importantly, you will be demonstrating clear moral leadership, which is at the heart of the battle against the global slave trade.

Conference programme

  • The reality of modern slavery and the drive to eradicate it: Bishop of Derby
  • Making money from labour without profiting from labour abuse - the ManpowerGroup story: David Arkless, former President of Global Corporate and Government Affairs, ManpowerGroup and expert on labour market trends
  • The business and legal case for ending human trafficking: Professor Kevin Bampton, Director of International Policing and Justice Institute
  • Moral leadership in the boardroom: Archbishop of Canterbury

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