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Combatting Modern Slavery Through Business Leadership at the Bottom of the Supply Chain

Principal Investigator: Professor Andrew Crane, University of Bath

Co-Investigator: Professor Laura Jane Spence, Royal Holloway, University of London

Social auditing, the main tool used by global brands to address exploitation in global supply chains, has been proven to have limited effectiveness in combatting modern slavery. This is because modern slavery tends to flourish in informal business activities at the bottom of the supply chain. A potentially more effective way is therefore to incentivise changes at the bottom of these chains among local business leaders. This project will analyse innovative initiatives aimed at tackling modern slavery among local businesses in the garment industry in Tamil Nadu, India, a major export region for products destined for UK high streets. It will determine the drivers and barriers of such initiatives, and evaluate their effectiveness in combatting exploitation. 

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