Accountability for Forced Labor and Modern Slavery

Around 28 million people worldwide are currently in situations of forced labor. Where did labor governance go wrong, and how do we protect the human rights of workers in supply chains?

Unsecured workers high up on a construction site

Photo: Denniz Futalan Pexel Photo

Join the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights for a debate on this highly relevant and globally growing issue, lead by some of the world's foremost experts on labour rights.

As part of Oslo Peace Days, this discussion aims to increase awareness of forced labor issues by addressing business and human rights governance.

Accountability for forced labour

As forced labor accelerates in supply chains, governments, the private sector, and civil society are pioneering new solutions to combat it. The recently adopted Norwegian Transparency Act is one of the latest in a wave of legislation requiring companies to promote respect for human rights and decent work across their operations.

Corporations are publishing modern slavery statements and developing new social responsibility initiatives. Civil society are calling to end business as usual, and asks for structural and large-scale change in business dynamics and trade.

Yet, there is little evidence to suggest that such measures are slowing forced labor. Why? And what can be done to meaningfully eradicate it from supply chains?

Collage of portraits of the speakers and a University logo
From top left: Genevieve LeBaron,Tomoya Obokata, Johan H. Andresen, Kristel Tonstad, Bård A. Andreassen, UiO seal. Photo: Emma Verngård/NCHR

Speakers and programme

  • Introduction by Bård A. Andreassen, Director of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights
  • Keynote speech by Professor Genevieve LeBaron on the effectiveness of measures to combat forced labor within supply chains

  • Kristel M. Tonstad, Policy Director for the Norwegian National Contact Point for Responsible Business, with long experience within the business and human rights field, will be moderating the panel
  • Panel debate with:

    • Professor Genevieve Lebaron

    • Tomoya Obokata, UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery

    • Johan H. Andresen, Chair of the Council of Ethics

    • Other stakeholders TBA           

Practical information

The event is free and open to all. We appreciate if you register your participation in advance. 

Go to registration

The event takes place in Domus Bibliotheca, right in the centre of Oslo. If you need elevator access or other kinds of assistance in connection to your visit, please contact db-sentrum@admin.uio.no or Katarina L. Friis-Olsen at k.l.friis-olsen@nchr.uio.no.

About Oslo Peace Days

Oslo Municipality, Nobel Peace Centre, The Norwegian Nobel Institute, PRIO and the University of Oslo work with peace and human rights in different ways.

Every December we join forces and organise Oslo Peace Days: An arena where people can discuss and learn more about these important issues.

See the full programme for Oslo Peace Days 2022.

Published Nov. 9, 2022 5:54 AM - Last modified Dec. 1, 2022 5:51 AM