Anti-Slavery Australia is partnering with Stop the Traffik, ELEVATE, UTS Business and The Mekong Club to host a seminar with Matt Friedman, founder and CEO of The Mekong Club.
The seminar will feature a keynote address by Matt Friedman followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with academic, advocacy and business experts. The panel will address migrant labour trends and ethical supply chains, the Australian Inquiry into Slavery and pinpoint what every Australian business can do to take an ethical stand against human trafficking and slavery in supply chains.
Keynote speaker - Matt Friedman, CEO, Mekong Club
Matthew Friedman, has over 25 years’ experience advocating against, and addressing, human trafficking and slavery. His extensive experience includes working with USAID and the UN throughout Asia, designing and managing programs to address human trafficking and also working with, and coordinating efforts between, governments and civil society groups in China, Cambodia, Thailand, Lao PDR and Vietnam. 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.
The Mekong Club combats slavery in the private sector by engaging with businesses, educating about human trafficking and slavery and helping businesses by providing industry-specific, practical tools to help drive change internally.
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.
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.
Jennifer Burn, Professor of Law, Director, Anti-Slavery Australia, Faculty of Law, UTS
Jennifer Burn is Director of Anti-Slavery Australia and Professor of Law at UTS. Anti-Slavery Australia is the only university based law and research centre in Australia dedicated to advancing the rights of people who have experienced human trafficking and extreme forms of exploitation by providing access to legal advice and representation for trafficked and enslaved people in Australia. The law practice currently assists over 80 clients with a wide range of legal issues including representation for those in or facing forced marriage, migration matters including protection or humanitarian visa claims, representation of trafficked people seeking financial compensation, housing and other issues. Anti-Slavery Australia also promotes and provides leading research, education and advocacy supporting the dissemination of information about human rights abuses affecting trafficked, enslaved and exploited people; as well as advocating for changes to laws and policies to improve the protection of the rights of people who have been trafficked. Jennifer Burn is a member of the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery, a frequent media commentator and a practicing lawyer and migration agent. She convenes a subject within the UTS Law Faculty, ‘The Law of Human Trafficking and Slavery’.
Paul Redmond, Sir Gerard Brennan Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, UTS
Paul Redmond is Sir Gerard Brennan Professor of Law at UTS and has researched and written widely in corporate law, governance and responsibility. While his principal research interests are in corporate and securities law, Professor Redmond also has a research and professional interest in legal education, professional responsibility and in the application of human rights standards to business. As chair of the board and pro bono trainer for the Diplomacy Training Program founded by Nobel Peace Laureate Jose Ramos Horta, he also has extensive experience training regional human rights defenders and community organisations who advocate for those affected by corporate related human rights abuses.
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 responsibility. 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.