This is the first of a two-part seminar session.

Abstract: Modern Slavery is attracting significant media attention and new Modern Slavery Legislation (e.g. UK Modern Slavery Act 2015) has provoked discussion of this social sustainability issue in the supply chain management literature (e.g. New, 2015). Modern slavery is an important global issue and is used as an overarching term to include slavery, human trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage and the sale and exploitation of children (Walk Free Foundation, 2014). The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that there are 21 million people in forced labour globally (ILO, 2012). Tackling issues such as modern slavery is acknowledged to be complex and difficult for firms to do in isolation (Seuring and Muller, 2008; Gold et al., 2010). As a result, firms are looking beyond their boundaries, including through collaboration with firms they would normally compete against. There are however many gaps in our understanding of how such inter-organisational relationships can be leveraged to tackle modern slavery. This presentation will consider how collaboration can help organisations to gain competitive advantage and share organisational capabilities in response to modern slavery legislation using a relational perspective (Dyer and Singh, 1998).

 

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