Background to the project
A research team led by Professor M. Azizul Islam is working on a project to explore the impacts of Covid-19 on the enforcement of multi-national corporations' (MNCs) and their Bangladeshi suppliers' accountability instruments (social/factory audits, codes of conduct and CSR reporting).
In response to global concerns about modern slavery and human rights abuses in manufacturing factories in the Global South, new transparency and accountability regulations, including the UK modern slavery Act 2015 and the Australian Modern Slavery Act 2018 have been introduced to address modern slavery, including within global supply chains operating in the Global South. MNCs and their Bangladeshi suppliers have also started taking steps to eliminate modern slavery and human rights abuses from garment manufacturing factories. They have put in place social/factory audits, codes of conduct and CSR to ensure compliance with the new web of modern slavery transparency laws and human rights treaties. However, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, early media reports suggest that there is a noticeable worsening of the working conditions of workers in garment manufacturing factories in Bangladesh. In this context, Interviews with workers, suppliers and NGOs in Bangladesh, our research investigates the extent to which workers' economic and social rights are respected by MNCs, Bangladeshi employers and the Bangladesh government both during the Covid-19 pandemic and in its aftermath.
This project is funded by the Scottish Funding Council (GCRF - SFC Allocation for 20/21).
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Related prior studies
Islam, M. A., Deegan, C., Haque, S. (2021), Corporate human rights performance and moral power: a study of retail MNCs’ supply chains in Bangladesh, Critical Perspectives On Accounting, vol. 74, 102163 (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1045235420300162?via%3Dihub)
Nolan, J., Ford, J., Islam, M. A. (2021), Regulating Transparency and Disclosures on Modern Slavery in Global Supply Chains: A 'Conversation Starter' or a 'Tick-box excercises? Commissioned by CPA AUSTRALIA. CPA Australia. 22 pages (https://www.cpaaustralia.com.au/-/media/project/cpa/corporate/documents/tools-and-resources/environmental-social-governance/modern-slavery-global-supply-chains.pdf)
Relevant Media and blogs
- Coronavirus measures give Bangladeshi workers for global clothing chains a stark choice: disease or starvation (theconversation.com)
- What is corporate social responsibility – and does it work? (theconversation.com)
- Spice Girls T-shirts Controversy: Can We Hold Celebrities Accountable for Modern Slavery? | Blog | Business School | The University of Aberdeen (abdn.ac.uk)
- The push for supply chain transparency | Blog | Business School | The University of Aberdeen (abdn.ac.uk)
- The push for supply chain transparency (raconteur.net)