Forum on Business and Human Rights 2023: Stock Exchanges and Human Rights

29 Nov, 2023
Palais des Nations, Avenue de la Paix, Genève, Suisse

For more information, please contact the SSE team.

Report Launch: Modern Slavery Coverage in Exchange ESG Disclosure Guidance 2023

SSE, FAST and Walk Free invite you to the launch of a new Market Monitor which provides a keyword analysis of the 70 exchange ESG disclosure guidance documents currently available to determine the extent to which exchanges make reference to modern slavery related topics. We will share the findings of the Monitor, which indicate that exchange guidance to issuers on disclosure about modern slavery and related issues is becoming market practice.

The recent International Labour Organization (ILO), Walk Free and International Organization for Migration (IOM) Global Estimates on Modern Slavery indicated there were 27.6 million people forced to work against their will globally on any given day in 2021. A simple comparison with the previous Global Estimates shows an increase of 2.7 million in the number of people working in conditions of forced labour between 2016 and 2021. The increase in the number of people in forced labour was driven entirely by forced labour in the private economy.

Stock exchanges have an important role to play in providing listed companies with guidance on disclosing ESG issues including human rights such as freedom from slavery. With greater disclosure of social risk, the quality of listings will improve and investors can make better informed decisions for more sustainable earnings over the course of time.


Date: Wednesday, 29 November 2023
Time: 10.00am – 11.00am Central European Time
Venue: Room H-207, H-Building, Palais des Nations, Geneva

Attendance by registration only. Once registered, you will receive confirmation of in-person attendance subject to seat availability or a Zoom link for joining online.


To accommodate as many participants as possible, this event can be joined in person and virtually. Please register with the option that suits you best.


  • Anthony Miller
    Chief Coordinator


  • Andy Shen
    Government & Multilateral Organizations Lead
    Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST) initiative
  • Camille Bisconte de Saint Julien
    Human Rights and Social Analyst and Direction Solutions ISR
    LBP AM
  • Nareerat Santhayati
    Head of Sustainable Investment
    The Stock Exchange of Thailand
  • Surya Deva
    UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Development
    United Nations
  • Corli Le Roux
    Senior Specialist
  • Matthew Coghlan
    Senior Manager, Financial Sector
    Walk Free

About the SSE

​The SSE initiative is a UN Partnership Programme organised by UNCTAD, the UN Global Compact, UNEP FI and the PRI. The SSE’s mission is to provide a global platform for exploring how exchanges, in collaboration with investors, companies (issuers), regulators, policymakers and relevant international organizations, can enhance performance on ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) issues and encourage sustainable investment, including the financing of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The SSE seeks to achieve this mission through an integrated programme of conducting evidence-based policy analysis, facilitating a network and forum for multi-stakeholder consensus-building, and providing technical assistance and advisory services.