Journal article

Private governance of human and labor rights in seafood supply chains – The case of the modern slavery crisis in Thailand

M Wilhelm, A Kadfak, V Bhakoo, K Skattang

Marine Policy | Elsevier | Published : 2020


A growing recognition of human rights in business has shed light on labor violations and abusive practices that prevail in many global supply chains. The recent ‘modern slavery’ crisis in the Thai fishing industry not only brings the question of government's responsibility to the fore but also increasingly highlights the role of private governance in global supply chains. This paper provides an updated analysis on the state of labor rights protection in the Thai fishing industry by analyzing responses from private business and civil society to the modern slavery scandal. We focus on three responses in particular: ethical recruitment policies, worker grievance mechanisms and worker associatio..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Peter Vandergeest and Jason Judd from the ILO Ship to Shore Rights Project for their insightful comments. We gratefully acknowledge financial support through a faculty research grant from the Faculty of Business & Economics of the University of Melbourne. Finally, we are thankful to our interviewees for their willingness to share data that ensured the successful completion of this research.