Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking: The Podcast is a series exploring the connections between global finance and modern slavery and human trafficking.
We’ll look at all the different ways the financial sector can harness its leverage to end modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking, and bring you a roundup of all the latest developments, from environmental, social and governance (ESG) regulation to revealing research.
Episode 9: Impact Investing and Modern Slavery Reduction
Episode 9 of Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking: The Podcast considers how we can make modern slavery reduction a goal of impact investing. We hear from Chloe Bailey of Moving the Market and The Freedom Fund, which has been funding innovation in this space, and Dr Marc Moser, Head of Impact at Lightrock, about what this looks like at scale. Ed Marcum, Managing Director of Working Capital Fund, speaks to us about investing in labour management practices and systems, and Rathish Balakrishnan, co-founder and managing partner of Sattva, discusses investing in solutions in India’s construction sector.
Episode 8: Insurance and Modern Slavery
What does the world of insurance have to do with forced labour, human trafficking and slavery?
On this episode of FAST the Podcast, we start off by putting that question in historical context, speaking to Professor Robin Pearson of the University of Hull about the case of the Zong, an infamous episode of insurance litigation following a massacre of African slaves off Jamaica in 1781.
We hear from Charles Mathias, Chief Risk Officer at Fidelis Insurance, and Jasmine O’Connor, Chief Executive at Anti-Slavery International, who have been collaborating on a new approach to tackling modern slavery risks through insurance.
We also speak to Butch Bacani, Programme Leader at UN Principles for Sustainable Insurance, about where modern slavery risks fit in the larger effort by the industry to grapple with questions of sustainability.
Episode 7: Due Diligence and Disclosure
In Episode 7 of Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking: The Podcast, we look at the changing disclosure and due diligence landscape. We discuss the British and Australian Modern Slavery Acts, learn more about the new mandatory human rights due diligence framework under consideration by the EU, and hear from experts involved in the development of new corporate benchmarks and standards on modern slavery about what they mean for financial sector actors.
This episode is hosted by Professor James Cockayne. Guests include Patricia Carrier, UK Modern Slavery Act Registry Project Manager at the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, Katharine Bryant, Research Manager at Walk Free, Alexander Coward, Advisor at Pillar Two, Chloe Cranston, Business and Human Rights Manager at Anti-Slavery International, Shailesh Alawani, Vice President of Product Management at CENTRL, Joanne Bauer, Co-Founder at the Rights CoLab, and Akilah Jardine, Research Fellow in Antislavery Business and Communities at the Rights Lab, University of Nottingham.
Episode 6: Development Finance
In Episode 6 of Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking: The Podcast, we examine the role that development finance can play in the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking. We begin by discussing how restrictions on economic agency create the conditions that make people vulnerable to exploitation. The episode then looks at how development finance practitioners understand modern slavery risks and what they're doing to restore people's economic agency. The episode concludes with a discussion about the connections between climate change vulnerabilities, human trafficking and development, and what that means for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) later this year.
This episode is hosted by Professor James Cockayne, Senior Fellow at FAST. Guests include Sophie Otiende, Regional Operations Manager at Liberty Shared; Sara Pantuliano, Chief Executive at ODI; Sarah Mendelson, Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and Head of Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College; Mark Eckstein, Director of ESG Impact at CDC Group; Gabriel Azevedo, Division Chief of Social, Environmental, and Governance at the Inter-American Development Bank; and Fran Witt, Climate Change and Modern Slavery Advisor at Antislavery International.
Episode 5: Investor Engagements
In Episode 5, we examine the relationship between modern slavery and institutional investing. Institutional investors have a key role to play in fostering business practices that help end modern slavery and human trafficking. In this episode we discuss how institutional investors are addressing modern slavery risks in their investment decision-making, as well as the ways they are working collaboratively to engage companies to find, fix and prevent modern slavery.
This episode is hosted by Shalini Samuel, Financial Sector Engagement Manager at Minderoo Foundation’s Walk Free in partnership with FAST. Guests include Fiona Reynolds, Chief Executive Officer of the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment; Jenn-Hui Tan, Global Head of Stewardship and Sustainable Investing at Fidelity International; Anne-Maree O'Connor, Head of Responsible Investment for New Zealand Superannuation Fund; Kate Turner, Responsible Investment Specialist at First Sentier Investors; Mans Carlsson, Head of ESG Research at Ausbil Investment Management Limited; and Andrew Adams, Modern Slavery Project Lead at CCLA Investment Management.
Episode 4: Taking Back Control
In Episode 4, we consider how the financial sector can empower survivors of modern slavery. The episode first looks at why a lack of access to financial services can lead to greater vulnerability to modern slavery and human trafficking, how traffickers exploit victims financially through fraudulent financial identities, and the lasting impacts that this can have.
The episode then turns to ask what can be done to try to solve or mitigate these issues, discussing the importance of having financial independence and what economic empowerment can look like for survivors. The episode concludes with a discussion of the FAST Survivor Inclusion Initiative, how it works, and the resources it provides to its members.
This episode is hosted by Alexandra Cerquone, External Relations Manager at FAST and guests include Sara Crowe, Director of the Strategic Initiative on Financial Systems at Polaris; Timea Nagy, survivor leader, author and global anti-trafficking activist; Martina Vandenberg, Founder and President of the Human Trafficking Legal Center; Larissa Maxwell, Director of Illuminate, a project by the Salvation Army, Canada; Sarah Byrne, Attorney at Moore and van Allen; Megan Lundstrom, Founder of the Avery Center; Professor Barry Koch, Professor of Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and independent consultant in the field of anti-money laundering compliance and risk management; and Professor James Cockayne, Head of the FAST Secretariat.
For more information on this topic, please visit:
https://www.fastinitiative.org/implementation/survivor-inclusion/ (FAST Survivor Inclusion Initiative)
https://www.survivoralliance.org/survivors (The Survivor Alliance)
https://www.acf.hhs.gov/otip/resource/nhttacorgtoolkit (Toolkit for Building Survivor-Informed Organizations)