Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Modern Business
- Up to 16 months
- Closed for applications
This programme funds excellent, policy-oriented research, aimed at addressing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and advancing the UK’s Aid Strategy, including a particular focus on Sustainable Development Goal 8.7 (SDG 8.7). SDG 8.7 is about taking immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour. The British Academy delivers this programme in partnership with the UK’s Department for International Development.
Many of the estimated 45 million people enslaved in the world, and 75 million children employed in hazardous work, are employed within global supply chains. Not tackling these problems exposes companies to economic and reputational risks, as investors and consumers are becoming increasingly sensitive to the ethical performance of the companies they engage with, including human rights risks. Yet, businesses often do not know how to respond effectively to these challenges. They tend to be reliant on tools, such as social auditing, to detect risks within their supply chains (these social audits are rarely open to public scrutiny). They also cannot be fully sure that any programmes they run to tackle modern slavery and child labour are effective, or whether their responses to these problems actually drive bad practice even further underground.
Current understanding of what works in addressing slavery, human trafficking and child labour is very limited. Our programme on Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Modern Business aims to fill the existing evidence gaps, investigate what works at scale and inform the development of more effective interventions by policy makers and the business community in the UK and overseas.
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Brokered Migration for Domestic Work and Construction Work in Ghana and Myanmar: Examining the Relevance of the Slavery and Trafficking Discourse
This project builds on existing research on migration into low-skilled occupations in Ghana and Myanmar to understand the infrastructure of brokerage and how migrants view the process.
Combatting Modern Slavery Through Business Leadership at the Bottom of the Supply Chain
This project analysed innovative initiatives aimed at tackling modern slavery among local businesses in the garment industry in Tamil Nadu (India).
Learning Lessons in Tackling Slavery and Human Trafficking in Seafood Supply Chains: Applying Solutions for UK and Other Businesses Sourcing from Indonesia
This project aims to help brand-owners, buyers and suppliers, which source from the fishing industry in Indonesia, to understand where and how they can address risks within their Indonesian seafood supply chains.
Pulling a Thread: Unravelling the Trail of Modern Slavery in the Fashion and Textile Industry
This project aims to identify the barriers to addressing modern slavery in the global clothing value chain.
The Interaction of Law and Supply Chain Management in Cross-Judicial Supply Chains: Supply Chain Effectiveness of Modern Slavery Legislation
This project investigates where and how legal changes affect supply chain designs and practices at a supply chain level and how various legal mechanisms cause change (or not) in the supply chain.
‘Worker Voice’ as a Means to Strengthen Remediation and Due Diligence, Identify Labour Risks, and Go Beyond Social Auditing: a Critical Analysis of Existing Models in Asia and Latin America
This research aims to study the effectiveness of different worker voice models around the world, compare effectiveness with social audits, and make recommendations to businesses and donors for minimum standards for ethical, effective approaches to empowering worker voice and/or organising to address labour risks and strengthen remediation in global supply chains.