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Business and Economies Programme

What are the impacts of slavery on our economies and how can businesses tackle slavery?

 

Our Business and Economies Programme is asking: what are the impacts of slavery on our economies and how can businesses tackle slavery? We know that slavery exerts a disproportionate drag, inhibiting social and economic development for free people as well as the enslaved. The UK Government’s own analysis calculates the economic cost of modern slavery at between £3.3 and £4.3 billion. We argue that ending slavery would mean a better economic situation for everyone.

In the Rights Lab’s Business and Economies Programme, business scholars, economists, sociologists, political scientists, and computer scientists are measuring demand and supply for slave labour, demonstrating slavery’s impact on a country’s economy and economic benefits of ending slavery. Our analyses are revealing the economic value of slavery-free production and making the business, as well as the ethical, case for slavery-free supply chains. As we research slavery in supply chains, we work with partners to change supply chain design in response.

For example, we are building on our sector-specific work into global supply chains to pilot a slavery Risk Barometer. By incorporating modern slavery risk into the decision-making of global supply chains and investors, we can enable stakeholders to measure their exposure to slavery, measure progress, and build a commercial case for modern slavery prevention. The Barometer will help us understand at which point in the supply chain modern slavery is likely to occur, and so enable businesses to understand the impact of their decisions and allocate resources towards improvement.


Programme experts

Alexander Trautrims

Alexander Trautrims

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Rights Lab Associate Director (Business and Economies Programme) and Associate Professor in Supply Chain and Operations Management
Lola Young

Lola Young

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Honorary Rights Lab Professor of Antislavery Policy and Business
Thomas Chesney

Thomas Chesney

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Rights Lab Professor of Computational Social Science
Akilah Jardine

Akilah Jardine

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Rights Lab Research Fellow in Antislavery Business and Communities
Selim Cakir

Selim Cakir

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Rights Lab Research Fellow in Business and Modern Slavery
Caroline Emberson

Caroline Emberson

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Rights Lab Nottingham Research Fellow in Slavery and Domestic Servitude
Andrew Phillips

Andrew Phillips

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Rights Lab Visiting Fellow in Modern Slavery Corporate Responses
Louise Crewe

Louise Crewe

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Rights Lab Professor of Human Geography
Nicole Janz

Nicole Janz

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Rights Lab Assistant Professor in International Relations
Jamie Wardman

Jamie Wardman

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Rights Lab Assistant Professor in Risk Management
Facundo Albornoz Crespo

Facundo Albornoz Crespo

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Rights Lab Professor of Economics
Sabina Lawreiuk

Sabina Lawreiuk

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Rights Lab Nottingham Research Fellow in Gender, Activism and the Garment Industry
John Gathergood

John Gathergood

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Rights Lab Professor of Economics
Rob Pasley

Rob Pasley

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Rights Lab Assistant Professor in Information Systems
Reem Muaid

Reem Muaid

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Rights Lab Research Fellow in Modern Slavery and Business Responses
Subhan Ullah

Subhan Ullah

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Rights Lab Associate Professor in Accounting
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