Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and the Global Supply Chain — Genevieve LeBaron

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2022-06-28
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SFU
SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement
Am Johal
Below the Radar
Forced Labour
Prison Labour
Ethics
Genevieve LeBaron
Public Policy
Economy
Supply Chain
COVID
Forced Labor
Prison Labor
Capitalism
Ethical Certification
Garments
Social Responsibility
ReStructure Lab
Abstract: 

Genevieve LeBaron is a new Professor and Director of the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University, and the Principle Investigator of the ReStructure Lab. In this episode, Am and Genevieve discuss her research work on forced labour and the global market forces which incentivize those practices. They also discuss the new role for public policy in solving real-world solutions as well as the unique context of the School of Public Policy at SFU and its broader impact.

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Genevieve LeBaron is a Professor and Director, School of Public Policy, at Simon Fraser University's Vancouver campus.
Her award-winning research investigates the business of forced labour in global supply chains and the effectiveness of government, industry, and worker-led strategies to combat it.  Her latest books are Combatting Modern Slavery: Why Labour Governance is Failing and What We Can Do About It (Polity Press, 2020, Winner of the Academy of Management SIM Division’s Best Book Prize) and Fighting Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking: History and Contemporary Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2021, co-edited with David W. Blight and Jessica Pliley). She is the author of over forty academic journal articles and book chapters.
LeBaron is Co-Principal Investigator of Re:Structure Lab, a research and policy Lab based across SFU School of Public Policy, Stanford and Yale Universities.
Her research has attracted funding from several councils and foundations, including: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC); the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); The British Academy; Ford Foundation; Leverhulme Trust; and Humanity United. LeBaron has was elected to the College of the Royal Society of Canada in 2020.
Drawing from her research, LeBaron works closely with governments, United Nations agencies, global companies and others to build measures to prevent forced labour directly into their business models and supply chain relationships. She currently serves on the UK Parliament’s Modern Slavery and the Supply Chain Advisory Committee.

 

Resources: 

Meet Genevieve LeBaron, School of Public Policy’s New Director: https://www.sfu.ca/mpp/news-events/news/welcome-genevieve-lebaron.html

Genevieve LeBaron: https://www.genevievelebaron.com/about

ReStructure Lab: https://www.restructurelab.org/

Confronting the Business Models of Modern Slavery: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1056492621994904

Hybrid (un)freedom in worker hostels in garment supply chains: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/00187267221081296

The Unequal Impacts of Covid-19 on Global Garment Supply Chains: http://speri.dept.shef.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/The-Unequal-Impacts-of-Covid-19-on-Global-Garment-Supply-Chains.pdf


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Johal, Am. “Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and the Global Supply Chain — with Genevieve LeBaron” Below the Radar, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Podcast audio, June 28, 2022. https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/episodes/178-genevieve-lebaron.html.
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