Launch event: Guide to addressing modern slavery in solar PV supply chains/

Organiser: Action Sustainability

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14 September, 2023


Action Sustainability


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What is this webinar about?

Solar PV is one of the fastest growing renewable technologies and has a vital role to play in helping mitigate climate change, enabling a transition to a low-carbon economy.

Yet, significant evidence and allegations from credible sources, including Sheffield Hallam University’s ‘In Broad Daylight: Uyghur Forced Labour and Global Supply Chains’ have exposed how the solar PV industry is particularly vulnerable to forced labour – a form of modern slavery.

This year, for the first time, the Global Slavery Index 2023 has spotlighted solar PV, reporting US$14.8 billion of solar PV imported by the G20 are at risk of containing modern slavery.

Organisations can no longer ignore issues of modern slavery within their organisation and supply chain. With the increase in sanctions for non-compliance with international due diligence legislation, ever-present reputational risk of modern slavery being found in your supply chain, the drive from investors prioritising ethical considerations and social responsibility. There’s an urgent need to build supply chain resilience – the time to act is now.

This FREE webinar will feature a panel discussion with Action Sustainability’s modern slavery team, who co-authored the guidance, and the funding Partners. There will also be an opportunity to submit questions about the guidance.

Why should I attend?

By attending this webinar you will:

• Discover the purpose of the guidance, what the guidance includes, who it’s for, how to use it and how it will benefit your business.

• Receive an introduction to the complex challenges around modern slavery and labour exploitation in the solar PV supply chain.

• Explore the business drivers, why this topic matters, and future challenges.

• Be the first to see the practical procurement guidance, templates, and top tips, covering right through from identifying and managing risk, through to the role of verification and transparency.

• Learn about upcoming events to support your due diligence in solar PV procurement.

Who should attend?

Target audience: This webinar will benefit organisations of all sizes, in any country, across both the public and private sector. Targeting:

• Anyone involved in the procurement of solar PV – from mega solar farms to small solar PV installers, or products which contain solar PV – for example, lighting rigs or welfare cabins.

• Anyone who influences any element of the procurement cycle of solar PV – from designers and specifiers, through to contract managers and supplier relationship managers.

Session difficulty: This session is open to all levels of expertise and professionals from all sectors who are interested in modern slavery risk.

About the speakers

Helen Carter

Helen has been working in sustainable procurement for over 16 years and in the area of modern slavery and human rights for the last 8 of that. Specialising in training, policy and strategy development, and procurement interventions she has worked with Action Sustainability and numerous clients in numerous sectors, Government, Defence, FMCG, Construction and Infrastructure.

In 2018, Helen was awarded the title of UK Modern Slavery top 100 influencer for her work within the field of modern slavery and human rights. She was also part of the authoring committee for the new British Standard BS25700 – Organisational response to addressing modern slavery – Guidance.

Anna Cantwell

Anna has been working within the sustainability industry for over 8 years, with an extensive background in sustainable procurement, modern slavery, and social impact. She has experience across a range of sectors including construction, manufacturing, finance, and government.

In 2018, Anna was awarded the title of UK Modern Slavery top 100 influencer for her work within the field of modern slavery and human rights.

EJ Allen

EJ brings 20 years of experience in developing sustainable supply chains and works across our modern slavery and social value teams. Alongside her consultancy work in the built environment to help identify and prevent exploitation and modern slavery, she leads the Supply Chain Sustainability School’s Modern Slavery Group – a collaboration of more than 70 clients, contractors, FM service providers and suppliers.

This session is free to attend.

Funding partners

Funding partners include: Advanté, Balfour Beatty, Barratt Developments, City of London Corporation, Kier, Marshalls, National Grid, Scottish Water, Sky, Taylor Wimpey, Westminster City Council.


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