Finance for Human Rights

in partnership with UNU and Walk Free
Session Type
Session Themes
Sustainable Finance
Room number
Hall 3 Room 10-B
Contact Email
18 October 2023
13:30 - 15:00 Abu Dhabi

This session features a discussion on forced labour, human trafficking and modern slavery, in partnership with UN University Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST) initiative, industry representatives and civil society experts. This interactive dialogue will allow SSE partner exchanges, regulators, investors, issuers and other key market stakeholders to share their experiences and contribute to global agenda to promote human rights. 

In 2016, the International Labour Organisation reported that “an estimated 40 million people are in modern slavery, including 25 million in forced labour. Out of the 25 million people trapped in forced labour, 16 million people are exploited in the private sector such as domestic work, construction or agriculture”. 

Capital market participants can play a crucial role in detecting, addressing and reporting modern slavery risks. Stock exchanges, for example, have begun to guide their issuers on modern slavery risks and how to manage, detect and communicate these risks. 

Session themes:

  • What are the different forms of modern slavery and how do they affect capital market participants? 
  • What can be done to improve disclosure in this area to meet investor information needs and mitigate risks?  
  • What tools are available for companies to use to identify modern slavery incidents within their own operations and within their supply chains? 
  • What type of data is available for investors and exchanges to monitor their market? 


Assistant Director General, International Labour Organisation (ILO)
Government and Multilateral Organizations Lead, Finance Against Slavery & Trafficking, UN University
Director, Sustainable Investing, Fidelity International
Head, Multinational Enterprises Unit, International Labour Organizaion (ILO)
Director of Economic and Social Policy, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Chief Commercial Officer, RepRisk
Manager, Financial Sector Engagement, Walk Free
Chief Coordinator, UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges, UNCTAD


Senior Specialist, UN SSE