11 episodes

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.

Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking: The Podcast FAST Secretariat

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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 10: Remedy

    Episode 10: Remedy

    In the last episode of this season of FAST: The Podcast, we explore issues around remedy for survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking. Under human rights law, survivors have a right to a remedy, but that right is often very hard to realize. Court processes are long and costly and outcomes often rest on very technical questions.
    The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights make clear that there is a role here for both States and the private sector to play in helping survivors to realize their right to a remedy. And they also make clear that there is a role for both judicial and non-judicial grievance mechanisms.
    In this episode, Professor James Cockayne speaks to https://atleu.org.uk/who-we-are (Jamila Duncan-Bosu) of https://atleu.org.uk/ (ATLEU) about the case of https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/QB/2021/1140.html (Balogh and Ors v Hick Lane Bedding Ltd) in the High Court of England and Wales and https://www.linkedin.com/in/suzanne-hoff-1073b06/?originalSubdomain=nl (Suzanne Hoff) from https://www.lastradainternational.org/ (La Strada International) about their https://www.justiceatlast.eu/ (Justice at Last) project on the right to remedy. He discusses the complaint in https://www.oecdwatch.org/complaint/ec-and-idi-vs-australia-and-new-zealand-banking-group/ (EC and IDI v ANZ) with https://www.wabar.asn.au/barrister/john-southalan/ (John Southalan) of the https://ausncp.gov.au/ (Australian OECD National Contact Point) and https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrtomdickson/?originalSubdomain=au (Tom Dickson) of the Australian Department of the Treasury. Finally, Dr https://www.linkedin.com/in/nia-emmanouil-55913923/?originalSubdomain=au (Nia Emmanouil) of the https://unglobalcompact.org.au/ (Global Compact Network Australia) joins the podcast to speak about https://unglobalcompact.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/4261-UNGC-Grievance-Mechanisms-CASE-STUDY-10-FA.pdf (case studies) and https://unglobalcompact.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/4261-UNGC-Grievance-Mechanisms-GUIDANCE-DOC_28pp-9-FA.pdf (guidance) developed on effective modern slavery grievance mechanisms.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Episode 9: Impact Investing and Modern Slavery Reduction

    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.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 8: Insurance and Modern Slavery

    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.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 7: Due Diligence and Disclosure

    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.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 6: Development Finance

    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.

    • 55 min
    Episode 5: Investor Engagements

    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.

    • 37 min

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