New Research Project: The Interaction of Law and Supply Chain Management in Cross-Judicial Supply Chains

CORE, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and Repórter Brasil are partners in a University of Nottingham and Fundação Getulio Vargas research project funded by the British Academy on ‘The Interaction of Law and Supply Chain Management in Cross-Judicial Supply Chains: Supply Chain Effectiveness of Modern Slavery Legislation’.

Today, global supply chains are facing a multitude of legal mechanisms from an increasing number of jurisdictions with the ambition to improve conditions and sustainability across the chain. The project will investigate where and how legal changes that challenge modern slavery affect supply chain designs and practices, focusing on the UK-Brazil beef and timber supply chains.

Brazil exports mostly primary products of around USD 4bn to the UK, yet both beef and timber have been highlighted as high risk sectors for slavery in Brazil by the US Department of Labor.

Focusing on these sectors, the research will assess the effectiveness of anti-slavery laws, like the UK Modern Slavery Act, on improving the practices within supply chain management. The results will be useful for supply chain practitioners, civil society organisations, and for informing future anti-slavery legislation.

Organisations and persons involved:

Marilyn Croser, Director of CORE Coalition.

Dr Alex Trautrims, Lecturer in Supply Chain and Operations Management, University of Nottingham.

Dr Silvia Pinheiro, Researcher at The Business and Human Rights Centre and Repórter Brasil.

For more information on the grant, and other successful applicants, click here.