Crisis Management & Modern Slavery

Workshop | 1 November | Hong Kong

Our intensive 3.5-hour workshop will equip you with the right tools to anticipate and prepare for a crisis, and teach you how to use crisis management principles effectively. A realistic modern slavery crisis scenario will be used so participants can practice these principles. 

WHEN: November 1st, 2019, 8 AM – 12 PM    (8 – 8:30 AM Registration and networking breakfast. Workshop will start at 8:30 AM)

WHERE: Baker McKenzie, One Taikoo Place 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong (13th Floor)


In situations of crisis and emergency company reputation, brand value, consumer perception and shareholder value can all be negatively impacted. Modern slavery has recently emerged as a serious reputation and business risk for companies.

Today, millions of people are living in conditions of forced labour associated with supply chains producing goods and services that make their way into the global marketplace. NGO and media’s investigations have also increased, exposing major companies’ failure to address this issue. In addition, new supply chain compliance regulations such as the U.K. and Australian Modern Slavery Acts request companies to disclose what they are doing to ensure their businesses are slavery-free.

How can a company respond effectively to a crisis? Does your company have what it takes to manage and overcome a crisis, or prevent it in the first place? How would a modern slavery crisis management action plan unfold? 

Our workshop will give you the answers.


Managers with strategic responsibility including risk communications, external relations, public affairs, CSR and sustainability - from any industry. 


  • Basic facts and figures on modern slavery
  • What risks modern slavery poses to companies
  • What constitutes a “crisis”: potential issues and their likelihood to generate a crisis
  • How to assess what impact a crisis could have on your business
  • Common themes of today’s crises
  • Case examples from the ground
  • Principles of crisis management in Asia
  • What to prioritize during a crisis
  • Roles of crisis management and crisis communications teams
  • How to craft a statement, map your stakeholders and develop a “worst case scenario” action plan

TICKETS: Seats are limited and assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. Get your tickets today!

  • Early Bird: 2100.00 HKD (ends on August 15th)
  • Mekong Club Association Promo: $1700.00 HKD (Please contact us to get a promo code) 
  • Full Price: 2600.00 HKD 

Enquiries: [email protected]


Caroline Sapriel, Managing Partner of CS&A International

Caroline Sapriel has 25 years of experience in risk and crisis management, business continuity management and corporate and public affairs. She is a leader in the field, acknowledged for her ability to provide customized, results-driven counsel and training at the highest level. In the field of risk and crisis management, Caroline has advised senior corporate executives in high-risk industries internationally. Caroline regularly speaks at international conferences, has published numerous articles in professional and trade journals and two books on the subject and is a guest lecturer on crisis management at The University of Antwerp Master Course on Safety Science. 

Matt Friedman, CEO, the Mekong Club

Matt Friedman is an international human trafficking expert. From 2006 to 2012, Matt was the Regional Project Manager of the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) in Thailand, an inter-agency coordinating body that links the United Nations system with governments and civil society groups in China, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. From 1991-2006, Matt worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Thailand, Bangladesh and Nepal. Matt is a technical advisor to numerous governments. He is frequently cited in the news media and invited as a speaker at major events.


The Mekong Club is an anti-slavery NGO based in Hong Kong that works with close to 40 MNCs on their anti-slavery strategy. The Mekong Club is an anti-slavery non-profit with a focus on business engagement. The vision of the Mekong Club is to harness the power of the private sector to change business practices in a way that will significantly reduce modern slavery. The Mekong advise several MNCs on their anti-slavery strategy and has trained over 1,000 companies on the topic of modern slavery.


Baker McKenzie, One Taikoo Place, 979 King's Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong