Modern Slavery Disclosure Regulation and Global Supply Chains: Insights on the UK Modern Slavery Act

In a newly published article in the Journal of Business Ethics, authors Muhammad Azizul Islam & Chris J. Staden problematise a particular social transparency and disclosure regulation in the UK, that transcend national boundaries in order to control modern slavery in supply chains operating in the developing world. In their study the authors explore the limitations of the disclosure and transparency requirements of the UK Modern Slavery Act and, more specifically, how anti-slavery activists experience and interpret the new regulations and the regulators’ implementation of the regulation.

According to the authors, the research would have found limited confidence among anti-slavery activists regarding the UK Modern Slavery Act’s call for transparency in relation to the elimination of slavery from global supply chains. Furthermore, the research would also conclude that the limits of the transparency provisions within the Act would appear to hinder the attainment of normativity.

The complete study is available here as an open-access publication.

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