Podcast: Fashion supply chains, modern slavery, and the Covid-19 pandemic

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In this final episode of the “fashion supply chains and modern slavery” series, Drs Matthew Davis, Mark Sumner, Divya Singhal and Hinrich Voss discuss the findings from their research project. They talk about the uneven impacts of the pandemic, the increased empathy between brands and suppliers, past ethical trading experiences, and implications for the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015. 

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This podcast episode was recorded remotely in April 2022. If you would like to get in touch regarding this podcast, please contact research.lubs@leeds.ac.uk. A transcript of this episode is available. 

This research project – Impact of Covid-19 on management to eradicate modern slavery from global supply chains: A case study of Indian fashion supply chains – is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and is a collaboration between the School of Design at the University of Leeds, Leeds University Business School, The Goa Institute of Management, and HEC Montreal. 

About the speakers: Dr Matthew Davis is an Associate Professor at Leeds University Business School. His research centres on how people interact with their environments, the impact of different office designs and how businesses engage in CSR, particularly to address sustainability and modern slavery. 

Dr Mark Sumner is a lecturer in the School of Design, focussing on sustainability within the textile, clothing and fashion industry. His research interests cover a diverse range of subjects such as textile technology, innovation, sustainability and consumer behaviour. 

Dr Divya Singhal is a Professor at the Goa Institute of Management, India. Her research interest focuses on responsible management. 

Dr Hinrich Voss is the Lallemand-Marcel et Roland-Chagnon Professor in International Business at HEC Montreal, Canada. His research investigates the interactions and dependencies between MNEs and institutions and focuses on emerging markets. 

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