Universities Against Modern Slavery Alliance (UAMSA) Inaugural Conference

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Universities Against Modern Slavery Alliance (UAMSA), in partnership with the King’s College London Sustainability Directorate and Kat Thorne, Director of Sustainability, Estates and Facilities, invite you to join us at the first inaugural conference at the Great Hall.

UAMSA is a new association between universities which aims to bring the issue of sustainability and labour exploitation in supply chains into the public conscious. At the conference itself, university lecturers and staff, students and Fairtrade business experts will unite to discuss and explore how we can implement effective measures against slavery towards a fairer and more sustainable economy.

The panel will see academics, activists and business executives sharing their research findings on modern slavery and fairtrade business practice. Not only that, but students will be playing an active part in the organisation of the event itself.

The event will be Chaired by James Sinclair, an international human rights lawyer, social entrepreneur and PhD student here at King's. James is currently working to develop the Fair Labour Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation, which aims to increase demand for fair and sustainable employment practices. In 2019 James will also launch the Fair Labour Fund, a Jersey based vehicle to attract early stage capital for innovative social entrepreneurs.

Our speakers:

* Professor Parosha Chandran - Parosha Chandran is a Professor of Practice in Modern Slavery Law at King's College London. She is a human rights barrister (One Pump Court), a specialist in modern slavery law and a world-leading expert on the law relating to human trafficking for the United Nations, the Council of Europe and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

* Professor Kevin Bales - Professor of Contemporary Slavery at the University of Nottingham, co-author of the Global Slavery Index, and was a co-founder and previously president of Free the Slaves.

* Dr Gabriela Gutierrez-Huerter O - Lecturer in International Management at King's College London. Specialist in the intersection of international business, corporate social responsibility and comparative institutional analysis. Gabriela is currently involved in an inter-disciplinary research project studying institutional complexity and the responses of the UK construction industry to the issue of modern slavery.

* Professor Deirdre Shaw - Professor of Marketing and Consumer Research (Marketing) at the University of Glasgow. Deirdre’s expertise and interests are focused in the area of consumption ethics. Currently she is working in the areas of sustainable and ethical fashion, modern day slavery, care in consumption and sustainable food.

* Paul Gerrard - Director of Policy and Campaigns at the Co-op. He’s passionate about public service having spent 19 years as a civil servant. Paul leads the work of The Co-op Way Policy Committee, a group of people from the Member Council and our business, chaired by Richard, tasked with re-defining our ethical approach to the key issues we face.

* Harpreet Paul, UK Representative at Electronics Watch. Harpreet is a solicitor and social justice activist. She has worked at Global Policy Forum (researching due diligence processes in the procurement of private security contractors by UN agencies engaged in peacekeeping), Amnesty International (Interim Deputy Representative to the UN, New York), REDRESS (Solicitor and Casework Programme Coordinator), People & Planet (Co-Director: Migrants’ Rights and Workers’ Rights Campaigns & Movement Building).

* Daniel Morey, Head of Commercial Partnerships at the Fairtrade Foundation

Special thanks to Ali Hepple from the King's Sustainability Directorate, Lena Fabian, Josefin Nordahl and Laurel Hoffner, three wonderful King's students and fairtrade pioneers who are working tirelessly to bring this all to life.

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