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Durham University

Department of Geography

Policy Briefs: Principles for Addressing Trafficking, Forced Labour and Slavery in Supply Chains

Concerns around trafficking, forced labour and slavery (TFLS) have grown in recent years, with increasing attention being paid to TFLS within businesses' supply chains. In response, a diverse range of initiatives have been launched to address the TFLS-supply chain nexus. Seeking to map and understand this emerging field of intervention, Siobhan McGrath and Fabiola Mieres have recently completed a project documenting and analysing these initiatives as part the DemandAT project on 'demand side measures against trafficking'. The research involved extensive desk-based identification and analysis of 97 initiatives at the TFLS-supply chain nexus. Fieldwork in Qatar, the US and Malaysia then explored selected initiatives in further depth. The project benefited from the involvement of a stakeholder advisory board representing organisations based in Brazil, Jordan, Ghana, India, Switzerland and the US.

Based on this research, a European Policy Brief has been produced, proposing Four Principles for Addressing Trafficking, Forced Labour and Slavery in Global Supply Chains. This has been broken down into a series of four policy briefs covering each principle, which are also available in Arabic and Portuguese.