Multinational enterprises’ narratives about and approaches to modern slavery: an exploratory study

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dc.contributor.author Robb, Benjamin
dc.contributor.author Michailova, Snejina
dc.date.accessioned 2022-05-18T02:28:21Z
dc.date.available 2022-05-18T02:28:21Z
dc.date.issued 2022-02-18
dc.identifier.citation (2022). Review of International Business and Strategy.
dc.identifier.issn 2059-6014
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/2292/59328
dc.description.abstract <jats:sec> <jats:title content-type="abstract-subheading">Purpose</jats:title> <jats:p>Globalisation plays a major role in the existence and persistence of modern slavery, one of the most extreme examples of human rights abuses in recorded history. This paper aims to explore how multinational enterprises (MNEs), as central players in international business (IB) activities, relate to modern slavery. This paper focusses on human rights–minded MNEs and investigates their narratives and proactive approaches to tackling modern slavery.</jats:p> </jats:sec> <jats:sec> <jats:title content-type="abstract-subheading">Design/methodology/approach</jats:title> <jats:p>This study conducted 12 semi-structured interviews with managers and consultants with substantial knowledge on the topic. This study also gained insights from a business conference on modern slavery organised by a New Zealand ministry in 2021.</jats:p> </jats:sec> <jats:sec> <jats:title content-type="abstract-subheading">Findings</jats:title> <jats:p>This study identified four MNE narratives and three approaches to responding to modern slavery.</jats:p> </jats:sec> <jats:sec> <jats:title content-type="abstract-subheading">Practical implications</jats:title> <jats:p>This paper discusses the challenges faced by MNEs when addressing modern slavery and outlines the relevant implications for MNE managers.</jats:p> </jats:sec> <jats:sec> <jats:title content-type="abstract-subheading">Originality/value</jats:title> <jats:p>The scholarly conversation on modern slavery in the field of IB is in its infancy. This paper offers an account of how MNEs deal with modern slavery. In addition, while most studies take a critical angle and focus on problems, this study focusses on progressive and human rights–minded MNEs.</jats:p> </jats:sec>
dc.language en
dc.publisher Emerald
dc.relation.ispartofseries Review of International Business and Strategy
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dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm
dc.subject 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
dc.title Multinational enterprises’ narratives about and approaches to modern slavery: an exploratory study
dc.type Journal Article
dc.identifier.doi 10.1108/ribs-10-2021-0128
dc.date.updated 2022-04-08T00:30:42Z
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.publication-status Published online
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RetrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Journal Article
pubs.elements-id 883383
pubs.org-id Business and Economics
pubs.org-id Management & Intl Business
dc.identifier.eissn 2059-6022
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2022-04-08
pubs.online-publication-date 2022-02-18


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