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    Rights statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Production Planning & Control on 24 July 2020, available online:  https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09537287.2020.1795290

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Detecting and Remediating Modern Slavery in Supply Chains: A Targeted Audit Approach

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E-pub ahead of print
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>20/07/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>Production Planning and Control
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date20/07/20
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper investigates modern slavery detection and remediation. Action research has been conducted in the textiles and fashion industry, with the primary engagement involving a multi-billion pound (GBP) turnover company and their modern slavery investigation at a high-risk supplier in South East Asia. This paper responds to calls from the literature to investigate the modern slavery detection process and provides empirical evidence involving collaboration with a large multinational NGO and another of the audited supplier’s customers. Findings are presented from a first-hand account of the detection process and suggest that a targeted audit is more likely to identify key indicators of modern slavery. This type of audit includes investigating the end-to-end recruitment process by using a parallel structure of management and worker interviews and documentation review. Evidence is also provided of the company’s remediation process, which includes partnering with a local NGO to empower workers and collaboratively develop suppliers.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Production Planning & Control on 24 July 2020, available online:  https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09537287.2020.1795290