Tackling Modern Slavery in the Supply Chain

Content: This short paper describes how businesses can manage existing risks around modern slavery in global supply chains.

Year: October 2018

Language: EN

Keywords: Modern slavery, UK Modern Slavery Act, Forced Labour, Debt Bondage, Child Labour, Human Trafficking, Human Rights Due Diligence, Transparency, Textile, Agriculture, Construction, Vulnerable Individuals.


This paper provides suggestions for businesses that operate in global supply chains on how to manage existing risks around modern slavery. First, the term “modern slavery” and its relation to companies will be explored, followed by a short overview of the expectations towards businesses, arising from different existing frameworks. The second part will highlight particularly affected business areas, by drawing upon cases from the agricultural, textile and construction sectors. Finally, this paper provides some constructive solutions for businesses on how to deal with modern slavery and how they can prevent labour exploitation along their supply chain. 

Authors: Theresa Quiachon