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No single person, organisation or sector ….

…. will end Modern Slavery on their own

It is only when businesses, certifiers, local communities, civil society, government, campaigners, consumers, media, unions and academics work together and share the responsibilities they each have, that we will progress.

This day is for anyone who is connected with the seafood industry - particularly the global supply chains which deliver 71% of the seafood Australian’s eat. China, Japan, Russia, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand are all regarded as being at high-risk of modern slavery in their fishing industries. Combined, these seven countries generate 39% of the world’s catch.

The aim of the roundtable is to:

  • Learn from other sectors how they see their role in addressing Modern Slavery in the seafood supply chain

  • Identify responsibilities and engage with opportunities provided by the Modern Slavery Act

  • Build networks which may lead to design of collaborations for addressing Modern Slavery

Forums will be conducted under Chatham House Rule and participants will be reminded of their obligations under the Commonwealth Competition and Consumer Act 2010 upon registration and at the beginning of the day.

SYDNEY, 29 MARCH, 2019

10:00am Registration, 10:30 commencement and concluding with drinks between 3:30pm and 4:30pm

Novotel on Darling Harbour, 100 Murray St, Pyrmont (Sydney) NSW 2009

Speakers / Facilitators


Matt Friedman

Chief Executive Officer, The Mekong Club


Dr Darian McBain

Global Director, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Thai Union

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Carolyn Kitto

National Director, STOP THE TRAFFIK Australia


Fuzz Kitto

National Director, STOP THE TRAFFIK Australia

Gershon Nimbalker

Director, Business Engagement, STOP THE TRAFFIK Australia

The Modern Slavery Act

The Australian Modern Slavery Act is now law. This presents an opportunity for us to explore the best ways to make use of the legislation to address Modern Slavery in supply chains of some of the high risk industries. This day will bring together people from a range of sectors to explore how we can learn from each other and develop a robust response.


Mr Matt Friedman, Chief Executive Officer, The Mekong Club

The Mekong Club unites and mobilises the private sector for a common cause — to disrupt and end modern slavery. Matt is an international human trafficking expert with more than 29 years’ experience in the field and with businesses across Asia and current CEO of The Mekong Club. He has a deep understanding of the role business can play in ending Modern Slavery and collaborating with other sectors


Dr Darian McBain is Global Director, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at Thai Union.

Thai Union is the world’s largest seafood producer and a recognised private sector leader on human rights and combating modern slavery. Darian shepherds Thai Union’s SeaChange® sustainable development strategy. In developing this strategy she has partnered and dialogued with NGO’s, other businesses, academics, unions, communities and government to identify and collaborate on designing solutions.

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STOP THE TRAFFIK Australia is led by a coalition of civil society, community and other organisations working together against trafficking in Australia and around the world. It works alongside government, businesses, communities, unions, consumers and academics to prevent, disrupt and abolish modern slavery. They have been a part of organising and facilitating round-tables such as this with industries including chocolate and fashion.

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