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Trust Conference is committed to finding real solutions to fight slavery, empower women, and advance human rights worldwide. The annual event convenes global corporations, lawyers, government representatives, and pioneers at the forefront of the fight for human rights.

The 2017 annual conference brought together 600 global leaders from 65 countries including Brazil, Australia, China, India, Kyrgyzstan and Switzerland. The two-day event reached 4.1 million people worldwide through extensive media coverage and highly interactive social media engagement.

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Day 1: Fighting Modern Slavery

  • Learning from survivors of modern slaveryA first-hand account of the unique challenges faced by survivors of human trafficking. This session features powerful personal stories and looks at the lessons that can be drawn from those who have been deprived of their freedom.
  • The role of business in eradicating forced labourHear from corporations and investors taking bold steps towards cleaning their supply chains of forced labour. Find out which measures have proved successful - and the most challenging - in supply chain management.
  • Stop Slavery Award & inaugural Hero Award CeremonyPresented, respectively, to corporations that have led the way in efforts to eradicate forced labour from their supply chains, and to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and impact in the fight against slavery.
  • Evening event | Ferite a Morte: Wounded to DeathThe internationally-acclaimed theatrical performance featuring a series of monologues based on real stories of women who lost their lives at the hands of a violent partner returns to Trust Conference with a new cast.

Day 2: Defending Human Rights

  • Violence against womenFrom domestic abuse to gender-biased sex selection and sexual harassment, we look at the key issue of violence against women and the challenges faced in combatting it.
  • Land and property rights We explore the correlation between lack of land and property rights and poverty, with a particular focus on women, who own only 20% of the world’s land. The session looks at how land tenure can effectively be used to reduce poverty and conflict, boost economies and empower entire communities.
  • The next generation of human rights defendersHear directly from charismatic young activists on the frontlines who dare to challenge the status quo, breaking taboos and building more tolerant and peaceful communities.


Trust Conference brings together world leaders and inspirational campaigners with powerful stories and solutions for change.

Bobby Banerjee

Professor of Management and Director of the Executive PhD Program at Cass Business School, City University of London

Brendan Cox

International Campaigner and Activist

Chen Guangcheng

Civil Rights Activist

Anish Kapoor


Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan

Lawyer and Peace Ambassador

Kevin Bales

CMG, Prof. of Contemporary Slavery & Research Director of the Rights Lab, U. of Nottingham.

Livia Firth

Creative Director, Eco-Age and Founder of the Green Carpet Challenge

Maryam Al-Khawaja

Human Rights Defender
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Trust Conference is committed to action. Participants strive to find practical solutions to fight slavery and solve human rights issues worldwide.

Support for Yazidi Women and Girls victimized by ISIS

Providing therapeutic support, medical services and income opportunities to Yazidi women and girls victimised by ISIS.

Career Academy for Survivors of Trafficking

Introducing an intensive “Career Academy” giving survivors of human trafficking comprehensive training, support, mentoring and professional development opportunities.

Empowering Women Through Mobile Reading

Worldreader is taking action with a commitment to reach 5 million women with life-changing digital books on their mobile phones by the end of 2018.
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Advisory Board

Paul Rawlinson

Global Chair of Baker McKenzie

Cherie Blair

Lawyer & Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

Queen Noor

Founder & Chair, the King Hussein Foundation

Cathy Russell

Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues

Stephen Dunbar-Johnson

President, International, The New York Times Company

John Studzinski

CBE, Vice Chairman of Blackstone

Susan Gibson

IRC-UK Board Member

Sima Samar

Chairperson, AIHRC
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You told me this conference was about action, and you were right. You pulled together something remarkable.

Michael Brosowski Founder & CEO, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation

I didn’t think it could get better than last year but somehow you managed to do so

Karen Friedman Agnifilo Chief Assistant District Attorney, New York County District Attorney’s Office


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* With thanks to Trixie and Stephen Brenninkmeijer, Susan Gibson and Thomson Reuters Foundation Ambassadors *

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Media Enquiries

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