PhD Candidate Leads Report on Modern Slavery in Supply Chains
Led by Schulich PhD Candidate Kam Phung, in collaboration with Delaney Greig of SHARE and Simon Lewchuk of World Vision Canada, the report offers a snapshot of select companies and examines their views on the issue of modern slavery in supply chains, experiences addressing the issue, and feelings about supply chain legislation.
The release of the report coincides with a Government of Canada discussion roundtable on possible supply chain legislation taking place May 23rd, 2019 in Toronto, the first in a series of consultations set to take place across the country.
“Sitting down with representatives from leading companies across Canada to discuss the realities of how they are approaching the issue of modern slavery in supply chains was eye opening,” shared Phung. “It is encouraging to see several individuals and companies championing efforts and supporting supply chain legislation.”
In reflecting on this research and report, Greig, Manager of Shareholder Engagement and Policy at SHARE stated: “The report is critical to bring into the public and policy conversations perspectives we have only ever heard from company representatives in private. As a responsible investment organization, we believe that government, companies and civil society all have a role to play in addressing this issue.”
“While a handful of leading Canadian companies are taking steps against modern slavery and other pressing labour and human rights challenges, Canadian legislators have an important role to play in leveling the playing field and spurring further action,” added Simon Lewchuk, Senior Policy Advisor for Child Rights and Protection at World Vision Canada. “The findings from this research demonstrate support for Canadian supply chain legislation that provides companies with the incentives and impetus they need to take meaningful action.”
This report is a part of Phung’s broader research on modern slavery and benefited from a Mitacs Accelerate funding partnership between York University and World Vision Canada awarded to Phung and supervising professor Mike Valente, Associate Professor of Organization Studies and Business Sustainability. Phung is a Vanier Scholar and previously received two Academy of Management Best Paper awards. He acknowledged the support and guidance of Charles Cho, Erivan K. Haub Chair in Business & Sustainability, and Director of Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business at Schulich.