Goal 8.7 of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals calls on governments, companies and civil society to “take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour and end modern slavery”. In her important new book Combatting Modern Slavery: Why Labour Governance is Failing and What Can we Do about it. (Polity 2020), Professor Genevieve LaBaron lifts the lid on a labour governance regime that is severely flawed and limited. She takes a close-up look at the millions of corporate dollars spent on anti-slavery networks, NGO partnerships, lobbying for new transparency legislation, and investment in social auditing and ethical certification schemes, to show how such efforts serve to bolster corporate growth and legitimacy as well as government reputations, whilst failing to protect the world’s most vulnerable workers.
In this online seminar, Judy Fudge (McMaster University) and Jonelle Humphrey (CRIMT PhD student and recipient of the Shirley Goldenberg-CRIMT Scholarship) conducted an in-depth conversation with the author about her book. Please click on the image below to watch the recording.
Combatting Modern Slavery. A conversation with Genevieve LeBaron