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‘Global Business of Forced Labour’ findings presented at major international conference at Yale University

Professor Genevieve LeBaron, SPERI co-director, presented findings from her ESRC project ‘The Global Business of Forced Labour‘ at a major international conference at Yale University earlier this month. Professor LeBaron presented the findings at a conference entitled ‘Fighting Modern Slavery: What Works?’ hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Centre for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale University, 1-3 … Continue reading

18 November 2018 by
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Ethical Certification Doesn’t Eradicate Forced Labour

In the tea industry, on almost every indicator we used to measure labour standards, certified plantations fared about the same, if not worse, as non-certified plantations. Buying ethically certified products makes us feel better about the things we buy, but what evidence do we have that these programs actually work? Staring at tea boxes lining the grocery store shelf one … Continue reading

21 October 2018 by
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The Endemic Problem of Forced Labour in Global Tea and Cocoa Supply Chains

What do tea and cocoa have in common? Both products are widely consumed by households around the world; the early world market for both industries was intertwined with the history of colonialism; and in today’s global economy, both products are made with forced labour. Over the past two years, I’ve led The Global Business of Forced Labour research project, funded by the … Continue reading

27 September 2018 by
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Understanding vulnerability to forced labour in global supply chains

Forced labour is prevalent in the tea and cocoa industries and is happening in the context of widespread labour abuse In my remarks at an ETI Ethical Insights discussion on what drives modern slavery in global supply chains, I outlined findings from my Global Business of Forced Labour project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The project systematically mapped the business … Continue reading

25 June 2018 by
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