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Business and Economies Programme

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

We know that modern slavery exerts a disproportionate drag on economies, 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 in the UK at between £3.3 and £4.3 billion. We argue that ending slavery would mean a better economic situation for everyone.  

In our 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.  

This includes extensive work on slavery in supply chains. We work with partners to change supply chain design in response to findings—from international businesses to local government procurement. Some of our experts also focus on key high-risk sectors for labour exploitation, including social care, car washes, agriculture and construction.  

For example, we have created a Modern 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 helps us understand at which point in the supply chain modern slavery is likely to occur, and so enables 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 Professor of Supply Chain Management
Lola Young

Lola Young

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Honorary Rights Lab Professor of Antislavery Policy and Business
Sara Thornton

Sara Thornton

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Rights Lab Professor of Practice in Modern Slavery Policy
Thomas Chesney

Thomas Chesney

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Rights Lab Professor of Computational Social Science
Caroline Emberson

Caroline Emberson

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Rights Lab Nottingham Research Fellow in Slavery and Domestic Servitude
Michelle Stirk

Michelle Stirk

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Rights Lab Associate Professor in Accounting
Selim Yilmaz

Selim Yilmaz

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Rights Lab Research Associate in Domestic Work and Labour Exploitation
Martina Carlino

Martina Carlino

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Rights Lab PhD Student in Labour Exploitation
Faiza Zafar

Faiza Zafar

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Rights Lab Research Fellow in Supply Chain Governance and PhD Student
Sabina Lawreniuk

Sabina Lawreniuk

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Rights Lab Nottingham Research Fellow in Gender, Activism and the Garment Industry
Rob Pasley

Rob Pasley

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Rights Lab Assistant Professor in Information Systems
Martin Hughes

Martin Hughes

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Rights Lab Research Fellow in Modelling and Measurement
Katherine Y. Conroy

Katherine Y. Conroy

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Rights Lab Visiting Fellow in Anti-Slavery Innovation and Financial Crime Analytics
Robert Caruana

Robert Caruana

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Rights Lab Professor of Business Ethics
Lara Bianchi

Lara Bianchi

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Rights Lab Assistant Professor in Business and Society
Subhan Ullah

Subhan Ullah

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Rights Lab Associate Professor in Accounting
Lee Matthews

Lee Matthews

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Rights Lab Assistant Professor in Business and Society
Facundo Albornoz Crespo

Facundo Albornoz Crespo

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Rights Lab Professor of Economics
Anne Touboulic

Anne Touboulic

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Rights Lab Associate Professor in Operations Management
Mihaela Kelemen

Mihaela Kelemen

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Rights Lab Professor of Business and Society
Luis Torres

Luis Torres

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Rights Lab Assistant Professor in Organisational Behaviour, Business & Society
Jamie Wardman

Jamie Wardman

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Rights Lab Assistant Professor in Risk Management
Annamaria La Chimia

Annamaria La Chimia

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Rights Lab Associate Professor of Law and Development
Meryem Duygun

Meryem Duygun

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Rights Lab Professor of Banking and Finance
Andrew Phillips

Andrew Phillips

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Rights Lab Visiting Fellow in Modern Slavery Corporate Responses
Akilah Jardine

Akilah Jardine

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Rights Lab Visiting Fellow in Antislavery Business
Carla Leal

Carla Leal

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Rights Lab Visiting Fellow in Modern Slavery and Regulation of Economic Systems
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