Directors' Briefing: Modern Slavery Reporting - Is your board ready?

Thu 21 Nov 2019
6.30pm to 8.30pm

(Arrival time: 6.00pm)
5 This event will earn you 5 DPD units


Tower 2, Collins Square
Level 36, 727 Collins St
Melbourne VIC


Single Members: A$30.00 Non-members: A$40.00

Padma Raman

Padma Raman

Chief Executive, Australian Human Rights Commission

Padma Raman PSM has a long established career committed to protecting and advancing human rights.

She is the Chief Executive of Australia’s national human rights institution, the Australian Human Rights Commission, and came to the position after establishing the Victorian Law Reform Commission, which she ran for nine years.

During that time, Ms Raman was also a member of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) for 4½ years. She was instrumental in assisting the Victorian Government develop and implement the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006. In 2018, Ms Raman was awarded a Public Service Medal, which recognises outstanding service by employees of the federal, state, territory and local governments. Ms Raman was singled out for leading significant cultural, technological and governance change at the Commission and for her contributions as CEO of the Victorian Law Reform Commission.

Ms Raman sits on a number of boards including the Governance and Advisory Board for the Australian National Contact Point under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Ms Raman holds a Masters of Law by research, specialising in the experiences of immigrant and Indigenous women under the Australian Legal system and is a fellow of the AICD.

Dr Meg Brodie

Dr Meg Brodie

Director, KPMG Banarra, Human Rights and Social Impact Services Manager of KPMG Global Business and Human Rights Network

Meg is a human rights specialist with deep experience across the corporate, government and community sectors. Meg has particular expertise in transformative human rights change processes and complex stakeholder dynamics and specialises in working with corporate clients to translate human rights commitments into practical action plans.

Meg is a recognised expert in corporate responses to modern slavery reporting requirements, working with clients in property, financial services, retail and other sectors on leading practical solutions to human rights risk. Meg leads KPMG Banarra’s human rights service line and manages KPMG’s Global Human Rights Network, coordinating human rights and sustainability experts from across KPMG.

Prior to joining KPMG, Meg worked on a significant statutory human rights independent review and has extensive field experience, including across Asia and Africa. Meg has a PhD in human rights law and has also published on the corporate responsibility to respect human rights. Meg understands the importance of organisational readiness and works with clients to design and deliver capacity building to effectively navigate the human rights landscape.

Professor Felicity Gerry QC

Professor Felicity Gerry QC


Professor Felicity Gerry QC is a barrister at Crockett Chambers, Melbourne and Carmelite Chambers, London specialising in serious and complex criminal law often with an international element and increasingly with a corporate overlap. She has extensive experience of cases involving issues relating to slavery, servitude and human trafficking, including in death penalty cases.

Felicity is also Professor of Legal Practice at Deakin University where she teaches Modern Slavery Law and Advanced International Legal Practice. She acted as consultant on the UNODC Module on the links between cybercrime, human trafficking and smuggling of migrants– details here

Felicity is a contributor to Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Law and Practice published by Bloomsbury in 2018 and she has published a number of book chapters and journal articles in this context, including on the data and privacy rights of victims. Her current PhD is on Using Technology to Combat Human Trafficking. Her experience on human trafficking and the law can be found in her info sheet here

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New legislation in Australia makes Boards responsible for mandatory public statements about what their entity is doing to identify and manage risks of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains.

Please note: Click here for further directions and modes of transport getting to KPMG (level 36, Tower 2, Collins Square).

The Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act (2018) requires entities with an annual revenue of $100 million to publicly report on their efforts in this regard. NSW has also introduced legislation for companies with revenue above $50 million.

It is crucial that directors understand the reporting requirements and the due diligence processes needed to enable effective reporting. The actions businesses take in the coming months will lay the foundation for their first public modern slavery statement.

"Knowledge is crucial. Boards need to turn their minds to modern slavery and understand this is now a core business risk that they must address. This new public accountability will drive change but we also need to support the Australian business community to learn together."
Dr Meg Brodie, Director, KPMG Banarra Human Rights & Social Impact Services

At this important event series, our panel of experts will explain how the legislation affects you and how your business can prepare for the new reporting requirements.

Panellists will discuss:

  • The modern slavery mandatory reporting requirements and the board’s responsibilities
  • How to identify your material modern slavery risks and build policies, systems and processes to manage them
  • Assessing the reporting readiness of your business
  • Practical responses to the reporting requirements
  • Implications of not producing a statement
  • Expected civil society, consumer and investor scrutiny and benchmarking of business reporting

"Understanding and addressing modern slavery risks in your business requires a shift in focus and mindset, from risks to business to risks to people"
Padma Raman, Chief Executive, Australian Human Rights Commission.