Academic Event

Anti-Trafficking in India Today: Challenges and Opportunities
18th November 2019, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

EEvent Organizers: Trafflab (ERC), Tel Aviv University, Israel, in collaboration with Aston Business School (ABS)  UK, Centre for Responsible Business (CRB), New Delhi India & Centre for Human Rights and Subaltern Studies,  National Law University  (NLU) Delhi.

Event description: The opening panel will bring leading voices in the field – from academic, policy, and police enforcement – to discuss anti-trafficking in India in the current moment, opportunities and challenges, looking at the Anti-Trafficking Bill and beyond.

Invited speakers*: The opening panel include Professor Prabha Kotiswaran, Faculty of Law, Kings College, London UK; Dr. Hila Shamir, The Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University, Israel; Professor Andrew Crane, School of Business, University of Bath, UK ; Professor Babu Mathew,  National Law School of India University; Dr. Virendra Mishra, National Institute of Social Defense, India and  Professor Vinod Kumar, National Law University, Delhi, India.

Multi-Disciplinary Group Meeting (MDG)
19th November 2019, National Law University, New Delhi

MDG Description: The event is designed offer an opportunity for evaluation and critical engagement with recent developments in relation to tools to combat modern slavery and anti-trafficking in supply chains. The event seeks to bring together a multi-disciplinary and international group of scholars to discuss the potential and the limitation of corporate responsibility and transparency legislationin reducing forms of labor market exploitation in the global economy.


9.00 AM

Tea/Coffee Networking

9:30 AM

Welcome note: National Law University (NLU)

09:45 AM

Labor Approach to Trafficking and Development Approach to Trafficking
Keynote Speakers: Professor Prabha Kotiswaran and Professor Hila Shamir

10.30  AM

Tea Break

11:00 AM

Beyond Transparency Legislation

  • Qingxiu Bu,Faculty of Law, McGill University

Corporate Reporting in the supply chains: A panacea for combating Global Modern slavery?

  • Klaas Hendrik Eller,Post-Doctoral Researcher, Faculty of Law, Humboldt-University of Berlin;

The Politics of Transparency in Global Value Chains: Representing (In-)Formality.

  • Jon Davies, Post-doctarate at TraffLab, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Anti-trafficking Chains: Analyzing the Impact of Transparency Legislation in the UK construction industry.

  • Shankamala Sen, Association for Stimulating Know How (ASK), India

Effective models of ethical recruitment in Global Supply chains.


Lunch Break


Worker Driven Social Responsibility – organizing, labor regulation and the role of consumers in combatting severe forms of labor exploitations

  • Lorena Arocha, Roshni Chattopadhyay, Bindhulakshmi Pattadath & Meena Gopal, Wilberforce Institute at University of Hull, UK /TISS

Re-centering the debates on ‘modern slavery’ and ‘trafficking’: evidence from ‘workers’ mobilizations’ in the Indian context

  • Sahiba Gill, NYU School of Law

"Human Supply Chain as Global Value Chain: Evidence from Nepal-GCC labor recruitment”.

  • Saie Shetye & Divya Priyadarshini, TISS/ University of Delhi

The Complexities of Construction Labour in Delhi and the Incoherence of Labour Regulations

  • Roseanne Russell, Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of Centre for Law and Enterprise, University of Bristol Law School

Women, human trafficking and global value chains: why we need to move beyond corporate responsibility projects towards a regulated corporate purpose.

16:30 PM

Tea Break

16:45 PM

Responses to Trafficking in Global and domestic value chains

  • Varsha Joshi and Dev Nathan, Institute for Human Development, New Delhi

Action on Child Labour: Comparing Global and Domestic Value Chains

  • Reza Kiani Mavi, Joshua Aston, Denise Gengatharen, Kerry Brown, Hadrian Djajadikerta, Ferry Jie, Krishna Prasad, Cecilia Anthony Das; Edith Cowan University, Western Australia

Key drivers of modern slavery in the global supply chains.

  • Nayan Mitra, Sustainable Advancements

The  role of CSR in combating trafficking in persons- The India story

  • Bimal Arora and Shilpi Banerjee, Aston University/American University in Dubai

The Business of Modern-Day Slavery in Domestic Supply Chains in the Global South: Corporate responsibility beyond transparency legislation

18:45 PM

Organizers concluding remarks

Annexure: ISS 2019 Conference

The Multi-Disciplinary Small Group Meeting and Academic Dialogues on Human Trafficking and Supply Chains: Corporate Responsibility Beyond Legislation on 18-19 November 2019 is planned in conjunction with India and Sustainability Standards: International Dialogues and Conference 2019 (ISS) ( in New Delhi, India, scheduled from 20-22 November, 2019 at Eros Hotel, Nehru Place, New Delhi, India.

The ISS is a well-established national and international dialogues platform on business sustainability and has been successful in bringing key national and international stakeholders together on sustainability/sustainable business/SDGs issues over the last five years, attended by over 700 delegates. It has consistently worked towards pushing and propelling the agenda of sustainable business by engaging with multiple stakeholders through a consensus and evidence-based approach. Designed and hosted by the Centre for Responsible Business (CRB), the Conference has witnessed action-oriented deliberations on a variety of thematic and sector specific issues on sustainability – drawing the attention of Indian and international policy actors, government agencies, standard setters, large and small businesses, industry associations, civil society, academia, and media agencies.

For 2019 conference, our endeavour is to convene a diverse set of stakeholders to understand and deliberate on the opportunities and challenges of promoting sustainable business in an emerging economy like India. Balancing the aspirations of a demographically young and expanding economy on one hand and meeting the needs of the underserved on the other hand is a complex challenge. Through our discussions, we aim to address these challenges and move the needle on the issues.

Plenary Inaugural Day (20 November, 2019)

0800 – 0930hrs Registration& Welcome Tea/Coffee
0930 – 1130hrs Inaugural Plenary: Market Dynamics and Social Dilemmas of Promoting Sustainable B
1130 – 1300hrs  High-Level Panel 1:Creating a Market for Sustainable Enterprises and Products
1300 – 1400hrs Networking Lunch
1400 – 1530hrs  High-Level Panel 2: Bringing Paradigm Shift in Financial Sector to promote Sustainability
1530 – 1600hrs  Networking & High-Tea
1600 – 1730hrs High-Level Panel 3: Business Solutions to Developmental Challenges in Emerging Econ
1730 – 2000hrs  Evening Event (Book Launch) followed by Cocktails and Dinner

Second & Third Day Breakouts (21& 22 November, 2019)

Time Slots Day 2 (21st November) Day 3 (22nd November)
0900 – 0930hrs Registration Registration
0930 – 1100hrs Plenary Session
(Co-hosted by Lead Partners)
Plenary Session
(Co-hosted by Lead Partners)
1100 – 1200hrs Tea Break Tea Break
1200 – 1330hrs 4 Parallel Sectoral or Thematic Session
(Co-hosted by CRB’s Old and New Partners)
4 Parallel Sectoral or Thematic Session
(Co-hosted by CRB’s Old and New Partners)
1330 – 1430hrs Networking Lunch Networking Lunch
1430 – 1600hrs 4 Parallel Sectoral or Thematic Session
(Co-hosted by CRB’s Old and New Partners)
4 Parallel Sectoral or Thematic Session
(Co-hosted by CRB’s Old and New Partners)
1600 – 1630hrs Tea Break Tea Break
1630 – 1800hrs 4 Parallel Sectoral or Thematic Session
(Co-hosted by CRB’s Old and New Partners)
4 Parallel Sectoral or Thematic Session
(Co-hosted by CRB’s Old and New Partners)


Some of the Featured Regular Partners and Participants Include:
Academia: University of Michigan (USA), University of Manchester (UK), Schulich School of Business (Canada), Aston University (UK), University of Basel (Switzerland), Deakin University (Australia), IIM Bangalore, IIM Lucknow, IIM Shillong, Xavier Labour Research Institute (XLRI), SP Jain Institute of Management Research (India), Birla Institute of Management and Technology (India), OP Jindal Global University (India), TERI University (India), AMITY University (India), National Institute of Fashion Technology (India).

International Organisations as Partners: C&A Foundation, WWF India, ISEAL Alliance, Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), Green Electronics Council (GEC), Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB Foundation), Rainforest Alliance, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Responsible Mica Initiative (RMI), Terre des Hommes (TdH Netherlands), CSR Europe, IDRC Canada, Dutch Embassy (India), GIZ, Global March Against Child Labour, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Goodweave, Save The Children, Traidcraft, One Planet Network, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
UN Agencies: UNICEF, UNDP, UNIDO, UN Environment, International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group), International Trade Centre (ITC, Geneva).

Government of India and Agencies: Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Ministry of MSMEs, Ministry of Mines, Department of Consumer Affairs, IRCTC, Quality Council of India (QCI).

Conference Partners: C&A Foundation; Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA); Global Reporting Initiative (GRI); Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), Social Accountability International (SAI); ISEAL Alliance; Green Electronics Council (GEC); GIB Foundation; Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC); Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP); SHIFT Project; GIZ; Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan; University of Manchester; Aston India Centre for Applied Research (AICAR), Aston Business School; Sustainable Corporate Responsibility (SCORE); University of Basel; WWF; Netherlands Embassy in India; UNICEF; IDH; Forest Stewardship Council (FSC); IIM Lucknow; PwC; IIM Indore; Management Development Institute (MDI); National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Delhi; International Tourism Partnership (ITP); Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB); Foundation for MSME Clusters (FMC).