Investment and Modern Day Slavery

Investment and Modern Day Slavery

Supported by Environment & Energy Committee

There are more slaves today than at any other time in history. 40.3 million people in 167 countries are trapped in what is known as “modern slavery,” with seven out of ten of these victims directly related to the private sector. The profit generated from this exceeds US$150 billion and is the organised crime's second source of profit, after drugs.  With the growing awareness around supply chain transparency and ESG disclosure, how can investors better screen this risk in their investment and become a stronger voice in the fight against modern slavery?  Join us at the event to learn more about this critical topic and what you can do. We are very pleased to have Matt Friedman and Jill Kuo from the Hong Kong-based NGO, the Mekong Club. It aims at disrupting and ending modern slavery with their existing work with corporations, and their latest toolkit for investors.

Matt Friedman is an international human trafficking expert with more than 29 years’ experience as a manager, program designer, evaluator and frontline responder. He is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Mekong Club, an organization of Hong Kong-based private sector business leaders who have joined forces to help fight human trafficking in Asia. Mr. Friedman was previously Regional Project Manager at the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) in Thailand, an inter-agency coordinating body that linked the United Nations system with governments and civil society groups in China, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.  Prior to this, he worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Thailand, Bangladesh and Nepal where he designed and managed country and regional human trafficking programs. Mr. Friedman also offers regular technical advice to numerous governments and corporations working to stop slavery, and is the author of eleven books.


Jill Kuo comes from 14 years of private sector business development experience in the Asia Pacific and Japan.
As an Insurance product developer in Japan, a country manager for Bloomberg Media in Japan and Asia Pacific business development manager in Hong Kong, she always had a passion for human rights and social justice. Jill has pursued her passion by attaining the Master’s degree at Hong Kong University for Master of Social Science in NPO management and started her career in NGO at the Mekong Club since 2018. Fluent in three languages including Japanese and French, she contributes by developing new projects and expanding the market beyond Hong Kong. 
The main responsibilities include the management of the ESG project, Japan market development, Asia Pacific association members development, strategic communication as well as research and writing. Through these projects, Jill is leveraging her skills as a business development expert in Asia to forge further collaboration with the private sector in order to reduce victims of forced labour.  


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