'Business and Modern Slavery: Current practice and future guidelines' workshop

'Business and Modern Slavery: Current practice and future guidelines' workshop

Join our free 'Business and Modern Slavery: Current practice and future guidelines' workshop, and discover the latest insights and guidance on how to combat modern slavery.


Tuesday 28 November 2023 (book your ticket)

  • 13:00 - 13:30 Coffee and networking
  • 13:30 - 15:30 Workshop

Wednesday 29 November 2023 (book your ticket)

  • 09:30 - 10:00 Coffee and networking
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Workshop

Place: International Slavery Museum, Liverpool L3 4AQ

Hosted by the University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS) in partnership with the International Slavery Museum, this workshop offers businesses the opportunity to engage with the most up to date research and evidence on business engagement with modern slavery.

We will be discussing meaningful and achievable steps that can be taken by organisations to combat modern slavery, as well as recent developments in international human rights due diligence legislation which are relevant for UK business. 

By attending this workshop participants you will gain:

  • Increased knowledge and understanding of up to date best practice guidance for UK businesses on modern slavery due diligence
  • An understanding of future directions in international human rights due diligence legislation and how this impacts UK business
  • The chance to discuss opportunities for improving business practice with experts in the field and other business leaders

You will find this workshop particularly useful if you are a business manager, sustainability leader or policy influencer, involved in the design or implementation of business responses to legislation on modern slavery in supply chains.


The workshop will be led by Dr Bruce Pinnington, from the ULMS, and Dr Alexandra Williams-Woods, from the University of Liverpool Department of Politics. 

This session will include and interactive session presentation based on their (and wider) latest research, which will focus on future directions of human rights due diligence legislation and regulation, as well as how this will affect business.

Discussion groups will help explore opportunities and challenges in implementing best practice, an will provide the chance discuss future corporate actions.

Further details on the events agenda TBC.

Engagement project - Research, Engagement and Innovation: Promoting positive business action on modern slavery

This workshop is part of a wider one year knowledge exchange project led by ULMS's reserachers Dr Bruce Pinnington and Dr Alexandra Williams-Woods, in partnership with Crown Commercial Services, Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA)International Slavery Museum and Stronger Together.

Our research

The research team, in collaboration with colleagues from the Management School and beyond, have undertaken an extensive research program over the past five years focused on modern slavery and business, including work on modern slavery and supply chains, analysis of the effectiveness of modern slavery statements, and the implementation of modern slavery policy particularly within the construction sector.

In response to the research findings from those projects, this impact and engagement project was funded by the University of Liverpool Impact Acceleration Fund to facilitate a period of extensive engagement with businesses and other stakeholders. 

The project

The aim of this impact project is to promote positive and evidence based change in UK business, utilising innovative research produced by the wider research team.

To do this, we will work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders in the policymaking, business practice and commercial sectors, producing relevant content for training and awareness raising, hosting workshops and knowledge exchange events that focus on facilitating implementation of best practice, and engaging with a network of experts to consider future possibilities and opportunities.

We also seek to collaborate with existing external projects and frameworks to develop opportunities for knowledge exchange and utilisation of our research.

Our workshops and events are interactive and output focused, intended to equip attendees regardless of their knowledge of modern slavery, with the most relevant and up-to-date information in the field, as well as facilitating peer exchange and support to help them promote meaningful change within their organisation.

Key contacts


Please direct queries to a.williams-woods@liverpool.ac.uk

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