WIF 2023: Finance for Human Rights

18 Oct, 2023
Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

For more information, please contact the SSE team.

18 October 2023
13:30 – 15:00 Abu Dhabi

This session features a discussion on forced labour, human trafficking and modern slavery, in partnership with UN University Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST) initiative, and Walk Free, an international human rights group. This interactive dialogue will allow industry representatives, civil society experts, regulators, investors, issuers and other key market stakeholders to share their experiences and contribute to the global agenda to promote human rights. 

The latest Global Estimates indicate that 50 million people were living in modern slavery in 2021. Of these people, 28 million were in forced labour. Capital market participants can play a crucial role in detecting, addressing and reporting modern slavery risks. Stock exchanges, for example, have begun to guide their issuers on modern slavery risks and how to manage, detect and communicate these risks. 

Session themes:

    • What are the different forms of modern slavery and how do they affect capital market participants? 
    • What can be done to improve disclosure in this area to meet investor information needs and mitigate risks?  
    • What tools are available for companies to use to identify modern slavery incidents within their own operations and within their supply chains? 
    • What type of data is available for investors and exchanges to monitor their market?

Registrations details

Attendance at these in-person events is free of charge but registration is required. Registering once gives participants a pass to all the events. A list of hotels close to the conference facilities can be found here. Special hotel rates for WIF participants can be received by using the booking links in this document


You can access the entire WIF 2023 program here

SSE members and key stakeholders are warmly invited to participate in all SSE events. If you or your CEOs are planning to join us in Abu Dhabi, please feel free to reach out to the SSE team for assistance. 

Key notes

  • Mia Seppo
    Assistant Director General


  • Corli Le Roux
    Senior Specialist
    UN SSE


  • Andy Shen
    Government & Multilateral Organizations Lead
    Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST) initiative
  • Gabriel Wilson-Otto
    Head of Sustainable Investing Strategy
    Fidelity International
  • Githa Roelans
    Head, Multinational Enterprises Unit
  • Alison Tate
    Director of Economic and Social Policy
    International Trade Union Confederation
  • Alexandra Mihailescu Cichon
    Executive Vice President, Head of Sales and Marketing
  • Anthony Miller
    Chief Coordinator
  • 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.