Tackling Modern Slavery in the Construction Sector

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In this one-day interactive workshop you will gain an understanding of the prevalence of modern slavery within the construction sector, your responsibilities and the best practice associated with tackling it.
Course provided by: stronger2gether
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Pamela Zielinski


More people are trapped in modern slavery today than at any other time in history. In
2016, around 40.3 million men, women and children were victims of slavery globally according to estimates by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation. Of these, 24.9 million were in situations of forced labour. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has called modern slavery “the great human rights issue of our time”.

Although no respectable business would choose to be associated with exploitation, human rights abuses often infiltrate and remain hidden. Detected cases within the UK construction sector are escalating. Many businesses are not aware that this exploitation may be taking place within their operations and supply chains today, from raw material production to manufacturing and site labour.

Developed with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and delivered by experts from the construction sector this course will ensure you are informed and equipped to address forced labour, implement good practice and minimise the risk to your business.

Tackling Modern Slavery in the Construction Sector is a Stronger Together workshop. We are a business-led multi-stakeholder collaborative initiative aiming to reduce modern slavery by providing guidance, training, free resources and a network for employers, suppliers, sub-contractors and labour providers. Our Construction programme is delivered in associated with the CIOB, and sponsored by Multiplex, Saint-Gobain, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield and Willmott Dixon.

Workshop dates available to book now

17 December 2019 – Glasgow, Scotland
12 February 2020 – Leeds, Yorkshire
12 March 2020 – London, EC2M
17 June 2020 – East Leake, Leicestershire
16 July 2020 – London, EC2M
12 November 2020 – London, WC1

The following prices apply:

£145 (+VAT) per delegate: for those with a valid discount code provided by a project sponsor.
£225 (+VAT) per delegate: for all other places

Click here to book.

There is one free delegate place per supplier* or sub-contractor to programme project sponsors. Free places available for staff of project sponsors by invitation only. Call 01276 919090 to book your free or discounted place once you have the valid discount code.


This workshop is ideal for construction site managers and project managers; those responsible for tackling modern salary within their business, HR and labour agencies; and those responsible for addressing human rights risks across the whole supply chain.


By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Understand how modern slavery occurs in the construction sector: the potential risks, impacts and the business case for tackling it
  • Know how to spot that someone may be being exploited and how to respond
  • Be familiar with creating a strategic framework for tackling slavery in global supply chains
  • Be confident in their next steps to deter, detect and deal with modern slavery in their business and have the tools they need to implement what they’ve learn

For those interested in other resources, CIOB has produced a short video on modern slavery in construction, produced the Modern Slavery: The Dark Side of Construction report, and a separate report called Building A Fairer System: tackling modern slavery in construction supply chains which was launched in the houses of parliament. A best practice toolkit to help the construction industry tackle modern slavery can be downloaded for free at http://stronger2gether.org/construction/..


  • How slavery occurs
  • Risks associated
  • Business impact
  • Identifying slavery in the workplace
  • How to deal with cases of slavery
  • Tackling slavery framework
  • Practical tools and advice


Pamela leads Stronger Together’s Modern Slavery in Construction Programme, developed in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Building. The Programme enables organisations to address Modern Slavery in their own business and to develop capability in their supply chain through regional workshops and access to free resources.

With a background in HR and experience gained through in-house roles in FTSE-listed organisations covering the FMCG, Energy and Engineering, Financial Services, Construction & Business Services Sectors, Pamela’s interest in Business and Human Rights was prompted during her time with Diageo Plc where she was asked to use her Organisation Development and Change Management experience to develop and lead the global ‘Corporate Citizenship for Suppliers’ programme.

Pamela has subsequently provided coaching, consultancy, training and facilitation support to national and international organisations across the academic, private and public sectors and is a member of the Scottish Government’s Human Trafficking and Exploitation Corporate Group.

See Stronger Together’s website for more information: https://www.stronger2gether.org/construction/

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