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?

Construction workers

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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


  • 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 

This seminar is organized by the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR) as part of Oslo Peace Days 2022.


This seminar is public and free of charge. We appreciate if you register your participation in advance.

Register here

If you have any questions, need elevator access or other kinds of assistance in connection to your visit, please contact or Katarina L. Friis-Olsen at 

Tags: Human Rights, Forced labour, modern slavery, labour rights
Published Nov. 10, 2022 2:10 PM - Last modified Nov. 29, 2022 12:52 PM