Upcoming sustainability events

Sedex are proud to announce partnerships with the following upcoming sustainability events, which are occurring within our industry and beyond. It is important to us as a business to help promote organisations who are also pushing for change in responsible sourcing, ethical practice and improving standards globally.


Pure London 2018


  • Sunday 11 February 2018 09:30 – 18:00
  • Monday 12 February 2018 09:30 – 18:00
  • Tuesday 13 February 2018 09:30 – 16:00

Venue: Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX

Pure London is a collective of buyers, influencers, retail and trend experts, dynamic brands and media curators from over 64 countries. Gathering twice a year in London, it is the UK’s definitive fashion tradeshow for premium, fashion-forward, trendsetting brands and designers from around the world.

Featuring eight expertly curated show sectors and catering to all your AW18/19 buying needs, Pure London offers unrivalled inspirations, never-before-seen collections, free educational seminars, WGSN trend briefings and exhilarating live catwalk shows.

Register for the event here.

Find out more here.

Innovation Forum: How business can tackle modern slavery and forced labour

Date: 7th – 8th March

Venue: 28 Tudor Street, London, EC4Y OBQ

In the wake of emerging legislation across a range of countries, this conference will provide focused discussion on how individual businesses can tackle modern slavery in their supply chains and operations. It will have focused debates and practical guidance on topics including: responsible recruitment, investor perspective, supplier engagement, mapping and auditing.

Find out more here: https://innovation-forum.co.uk/modern-slavery.php

Modern Slavery & Human Rights in Supply Chain Conference

Date: 19-20th April 2018

Venue: Central London

The purpose of the 3rd Modern Slavery & Human Rights in Supply Chain Conference is to equip businesses with actionable insights and a good understanding of how the issues of forced labour and human rights abuse can be eradicated from their supply chain.

The Conference will provide a sufficiently distinctive, collaborative and solution-packed two-day agenda. You are guaranteed focussed corporate learning at its best through practical case studies, interactive roundtable discussions and open Q&As.

Led by the world’s top brands, you will hear from senior supply chain, compliance, and sustainability practitioners alongside leading policymakers, including;

  • ENGIE, Chief Procurement Officer, John Farley
  • Anglo American, Group Head of Government and International Relations, Froydis Cameron
  • Centrica, Director Risk & Controls – Procurement, Siwan Kalatzi
  • BBC Worldwide, Head of Ethics, Kevin O’Neill
  • Philips, Director Supplier Sustainability, Marcel Jacobs
  • M&S, Corporate Head of Human Rights, Food Sustainability (Plan A) & Food Packaging, Louise Nicholls
  • Foodbuy, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Duncan Gray
  • Sotheby’s, Director, HR Business Partner & Head of CSR London, Kathryn Ward

Get a full overview of the conference with your event brochure here: https://front-group.co.uk/modernslavery/brochure/

Register your place today and receive your 10% discount – enter “FG10” here: https://front-group.co.uk/modernslavery/registration/


British PM — companies must be vigilant and responsive to the risks of modern slavery within supply chains

British Prime Minister, Theresa May, addressed dignitaries at The World Economic Forum at Davos in January stating, “companies simply cannot stand by while their platforms are used to facilitate child abuse, modern slavery or the spreading of terrorist and extremist content”. Speaking on wider issues of economic importance, the PM highlights corporate social responsibility amongst issues at the forefront for businesses worldwide.


Care International and King’s College London amongst others commended The Modern Slavery Act (2015), in structuring a framework for companies to evaluate risk within supply chains and tackle problems. However, NGO Anti-Slavery International recently said, “the act doesn’t legally guarantee the kind of support the victims receive. The result is that the care victims receive is inconsistent.”


According to the proposer of The Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill — Lord McColl; the legislation attempts to bridge the gap in the current Act. However, having entered parliamentary discussions last year it has since lacked Government support. Given the British PM’s Davos comments and attempts by Lord McColl to improve modern slavery legislation; companies must start to critically analyse their own practices in order to facilitate change throughout the supply chain.


In order to assist companies continue the conversation on the pressing issue of modern slavery, Front Group Ltd have introduced the Third Modern Slavery and Human Rights in Supply Chain Conference taking place on 19-20 April in Central London. Over 150 delegates from more than 15 industries are expected to be in attendance.


Representatives from BBC Worldwide, M&S, Philips, Debenhams, AngloAmerican, Engie and Co-op will be speaking at the event. Past attendees included EY, JLL, KPMG and Virgin Atlantic. Industries associated with this conference comprises of FMCG, utilities, extractives, media, retail, electronics and pharmaceutical sectors.


Dmitry Elizarov believes that May’s statement of intent to world influencers tied together with businesses political influence creates the environment to host progressive conversations beneficial to solving issues of modern slavery in supply chains. The Front Group Ltd Director expands further — “we want to facilitate a forum where businesses can discuss progress and practical solutions with regards to the greatest tests within this field.”


Further details of the conference, speakers and the agenda can be found here: https://front-group.co.uk/modernslavery/


For additional questions regarding attending, speaking or sponsorship; please contact Dmitry Elizarov (dmitry@front-group.co.uk) or on +44 203 397 6587

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