Nearly 46 million people are enslaved globally – an estimated 12,000 of them in the UK – generating illegal profits of $150bn (£114bn). However unwittingly, British consumers and businesses are sustaining this cruel exploitation, with slavery likely to exist in the overseas supply chains of most large UK companies.
The Evening Standard Reports that “Cherie Blair has warned businesses that they will be forced to publish ‘more and more’ reports about their human rights performance as she made a new appeal to firms to help stamp out the ‘scandal’ of modern slavery.”
Cherie Blair speaks on Sustainability and Mining in Africa alongside Bridgette Radebe in Cape Town, February 2016.
“Investors, corporates and political leaders around the world are increasingly aware of the positive impacts that responsible business can have on the communities and environment they operate in. Mining companies, regardless of their size, can behave in a way that not only gives their shareholders a return, but also guarantees the long term success of their businesses and satisfies host governments, consumers and employees alike. Companies that stand for something are the ones that mark themselves out from the crowd. It is these mining companies that governments, investors and other stakeholders will seek to support when times get challenging.”
Cherie Blair addresses the Warsaw Bar Association on “How Can Today’s Lawyers Best Serve Modern Business?”, 26 January 2016.
Chair of Omnia Strategy, Cherie Blair, spoke at the 2nd Global African Investment Summit hosted in London today.
Joining the Corporate Africa panel together with The Abraaj Group, Bechtel, Safaricom, Vodafone, Prudential and PWC, Mrs Blair discussed the role of the African private sector in driving the transformation of the continent.
She will also be participating in a workshop co-organised with Veracity Worldwide to discuss the key questions that investors should consider to avoid the pitfalls of failed investments and achieve lasting gains.
Today Omnia Strategy participated in a panel session at the 4th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva. The session, entitled “Putting the UNGPs into Practice: Making Business Sense of Human Rights” saw Omnia’s Adam Smith-Anthony assume the role of legal advisor to a corporate in a discussion about a fictitious role-play scenario, aimed at addressing the complexities of operationalising the UNGP’s in business.
Human Rights in Business Omnia Strategy – Modern Slavery Act alert
Cherie Blair addresses State Advocates and Lawyers at the 5th Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference 2015
Cherie Blair CBE, QC delivered the keynote speech at the 5th Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference in Prague on 22nd October 2015. Cherie addressed State Advocates and Lawyers from across the world on the important topic, “Developments in the Enforcement of BIT Awards”.
On 23rd October 2015, Mrs Blair and the Omnia Strategy team facilitated a roundtable discussion with a select audience of State Advocates focusing on sharing experience and best practices in the area of BIT negotiations and investment treaty arbitration.
Mrs Blair was invited to Georgia by Justice Minister Thea Tsulukiani to hold two day’s training on the prevention of international litigations, management and bilateral investment agreements at Educational Centre of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia.
Cherie Blair delivered a keynote speech at the ACC General Counsel Summit on 11 September 2015. The focus of the event was the legal and business issues at the heart of the practice of general counsel and chief legal officers working for multinational companies.