GDI Lecture Series: The business of forced labour in global agricultural supply chains with Prof Genevieve Le Baron
|Dates:||1 May 2019|
|Times:||17:00 - 18:30|
|What is it:||Lecture|
|Organiser:||Global Development Institute|
|Who is it for:||University staff, External researchers, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
|Speaker:||Genevieve Le Baron|
The Global Development Institute is pleased to present Professor Genevieve Le Baron speaking on the business of forced labour in global agricultural supply chains.
This lecture will present findings from the ESRC-funded Global Business of Forced Labour project, which investigates the business of forced labour in global agricultural production, focusing on tea and cocoa supply chains feeding UK markets. It will address the following key questions:
• What factors create business ‘demand’ for forced labour within global supply chains?
• What kinds of businesses use forced labour and labour exploitation, and how do they make money from it?
• How effective are corporate social responsibility initiatives (including ‘ethical’ certification) and anti-slavery laws in combating the business of forced labour?
• What will it take to end the business of forced labour in global cocoa and tea supply chains?
The study has generated an original dataset through research with tea and cocoa workers in India and Ghana, and interviews with domestic and international business actors, international organizations, governments, and other actors. The findings provide new and important evidence for government, industry, and civil society actors on the causes of, and solutions to, forced labour in global commodity production.
The Global Development Lecture Series brings experts involved in global development to The University of Manchester. It aims to facilitate dialogue and discussion, providing a space for leading development thinkers to share their latest research and ideas. Lectures are followed by an audience Q&A. All lectures are live streamed on the Global Development Institute Facebook page: www.facebook.com/globaldevinst
This event is open to members of the public and information on the accessibility of the venue is detailed at this link: https://www.accessable.co.uk/venues/roscoe_th-b
Genevieve Le Baron
Role: Professor of Politics and Co-Director
Organisation: Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI).
Biography: Genevieve LeBaron is Professor of Politics and Co-Director of Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI). She is also Co-Chair of the Yale University Modern Day Slavery Working Group, an Editor of Review of International Political Economy, and a UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Future Research Leaders Fellow. Her research focuses on the political economy of the global labour market, including current projects on the governance of transnational supply chains, the politics and effectiveness of corporate social responsibility, and the business models of forced labour.
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