Survival at the expense of the weakest? Managing modern slavery risks in supply chains during COVID-19

Trautrims, Alexander, Schleper, Martin C, Cakir, M Selim and Gold, Stefan (2020) Survival at the expense of the weakest? Managing modern slavery risks in supply chains during COVID-19. Journal of Risk Research. ISSN 1366-9877

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Abstract

This paper reflects on the implications of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on modern slavery risks in supply chains. We first reason that the global supply and demand shock resulting from COVID-19 exacerbates workers’ vulnerability to modern slavery. Then, we discuss challenges firms face to detect, prevent, and mitigate increasing modern slavery risks in supply chains during COVID-19. We conclude our paper by arguing that proactive, value-oriented, and long-term supply chain management approaches increase firms’ resilience to cope with highly volatile and extreme events, such as COVID 19.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Supply chain risk management, Modern slavery, COVID-19 pandemic, Labour exploitation, Social sustainability
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Management
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Date Deposited: 28 May 2020 06:56
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2021 02:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/91436

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