5 Sep 2018
Are You and Your Organisation Contributing to Modern Slavery?
Think slavery is a historic term? Think again. Find out how many slaves might be working for you, and how collective action can impact change
It is estimated that there are 40.3 million slaves throughout the world today. Many of these slaves are directly associated with our supply chains and involved in making the products that we wear, use, and consume in daily life. You and your company could be contributing to slavery in ways you’re unaware of. Find out how many slaves might be working for you, and how collective action can impact change.
Who should attend:
Senior business leaders and managers in corporate affairs, communications, CSR, HR, and NGO/SE managers.
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Catherine HustedmoreHead of Pro Bono and Community Investment, Allen & Overy, Hong KongModerator
Archana KotechamoreHead of Legal, Liberty AsiaSpeaker
Helen ColquhounmorePartner, Head of Employment, Hong Kong, DLA PiperSpeaker
Head of Pro Bono and Community Investment, Allen & Overy, Hong Kong
Head of Legal, Liberty Asia
Following a move to Hong Kong, Ms. Kotecha has joined Liberty Asia as Head of Legal. Since joining Liberty Asia Ms. Kotecha has produced a Hong Kong focused Victim Identification Toolkit/NGO training and several other publications focused on modern day slavery and related issues in South-East Asia and beyond. Ms. Kotecha is involved in lobbying at the Legislative Council level and advising human rights practitioners and governments on trafficking in persons. She is recognised as a regional subject matter expert and regularly advises various ASEAN bodies and specialist inter-agency teams in different countries in the region.
Ms. Kotecha is responsible for running regional legal projects including a regional Legal Impact Hub that aims to build access to justice for victims and promote creative use of laws across the region to combat trafficking by promoting a better understanding of laws, using strategic litigation and forging better partnership amongst various stakeholders within and across borders. Disrupting activities’ of traffickers by improving modern slavery’s visibility within financial institutions, educating NGOs and lawyers on anti-trafficking legal frameworks and victim identification are also key aspects of Ms. Kotecha’s work. Through her work with Liberty Asia, Ms. Kotecha engages extensively with financial institutions, regulators and other corporations with a view to improving human rights due diligence processes that highlight human rights related risks and liabilities. In addition, Ms Kotecha has been focusing on the application of anti-money laundering frameworks and existing risk structures within these institutions to identify and disrupt human trafficking networks. In June 2017, Ms Kotecha was named as one of the top ten innovative lawyers in Asia Pacific by the Financial Times Asia and she is also an alumni of the prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program run by the US Department of State.
Partner, Head of Employment, Hong Kong, DLA Piper
Helen is triple qualified in New York, England and Wales and Hong Kong. She advises employers across a range of industries on both contentious and non-contentious employment issues (particularly for international employers requiring Hong Kong, US and/or UK advice) such as risk management, restructuring, managing employee hiring and terminations, design of incentive schemes, and drafting contracts and handbooks.
As a triple qualified employment lawyer with over 10 years’ experience, Helen is well-placed to provide a single source of advice for clients who require advice in more than one jurisdiction.