What do food, construction and cannabis have in common?
A report by Genevieve Le Baron was published this week (on Monday 18th November) on the business of forced labour in the UK’s food, construction and cannabis industries by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The paper entitled Forced Labour’s Business Models & Supply Chains was launched yesterday at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation office in London, and has generated a wealth of publicity already.
Genevieve presented the report to business leaders, policy makers, academics, and NGO representatives, along with her co-authors Jean Allain (Professor of International Law, Queen’s University, Belfast) and Andrew Crane (Professor of Business Ethics, Schulich School of Business, Toronto). The Keynote Address was given by David Arkless, President Emeritus ManpowerGroup and there was a discussion of the UK’s proposed Modern-Slavery Bill moderated by Aiden McQuade, Director of the NGO Anti-Slavery International.
The authors of the Report have been interviewed by the BBC and Time Magazine, and the report has been profiled by The Guardian, Reuters,HR Magazine, Recruiter, and Supply Management. It has also been featured in a blog post on the Global Development Professionals Network.