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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 MillerChief CoordinatorUN SSE (UNCTAD)
- Andy ShenGovernment & Multilateral Organizations LeadFinance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST) initiative
- Camille Bisconte de Saint JulienHuman Rights and Social Analyst and Direction Solutions ISRLBP AM
- Nareerat SanthayatiHead of Sustainable InvestmentThe Stock Exchange of Thailand
- Surya DevaUN Special Rapporteur on the Right to DevelopmentUnited Nations
- Corli Le RouxSenior SpecialistUN SSE (UNCTAD)
- Matthew CoghlanSenior Manager, Financial SectorWalk 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.