MODERN SLAVERY, any of your Business Education?

MODERN SLAVERY, any of your Business Education?

In this forth event of the ThinkForward Conferences cycle organised by Professors Rodolphe Desbordes and Frédéric Munier, SKEMA Business School is pleased and honored to welcome Urmila Bhoola (South African Human Rights Lawyers) and academic guest speakers to discuss about Modern Slavery.

What is Modern Slavery?

An urgent societal problem. As defined by the ILO (2017), it entails: “situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, and/or abuse of power”. This includes such coercive practices as indentured labour, debt bondage, forced labour, servitude, and human trafficking. 

What has it got to do with business? 

Everything! It is global, illegitimate, pervasive in supply chains and results from economic dynamics and business models that create and rely on a supply of people vulnerable to forced labour. 

What is being done about it in business and management education and research?

Not much… Yet. So what could be done to bring Modern Slavery on business and management programmes? What could learning about modern slavery entail in business education? How could non-business disciplines and interdisciplinary teaching inform such learning by shining a light on other contemporary societal problems and dynamics which implicate business responsibility for human rights? Where do we start?

Keynote :

– Urmila Bhoola, South African Human Rights Lawyers, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences
– Roxane Cadis-GuillonFiona SimonucciLéa Nucciarelli (SKEMA Business School PGE students):  why and what do we expect to learn about modern slavery in Business Schools in France?”

Guest speakers :

 Prof. Erika George | Professor of Law at the University of Utah : “Race inequality, modern slavery and why and how these matter for business education?”

 Dr Lara Bianchi | Rights Lab Assistant Professor in Business and Society, Nottingham University Business School : “Gender and exploitation in supply chains, why and how these matter for business education?”

– Dr Samentha Goethals | Assistant Professor Human Rights and Business, SKEMA Business School : “Migrant workers and barriers to free movement and work, why and how these matter for business education?”

Rodolphe DesbordesProfessor of Economics, Strategy Research Centre, SKEMA Business School - University Côte d'Azur, France

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Frédéric MunierProfessor of Geopolitics, SKEMA Business School

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Samentha GoethalsSamentha Goethals, Professor of Business & Society, RISE² Research Centre, SKEMA Business School - University Côte d'Azur, France

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