Policy and Evidence Centre for Modern Slavery and Human Rights

Lead Research Organisation: Brit Inst of International and Comp Law
Department Name: Head Office

Abstract

Modern slavery traps 40 million people worldwide, costs the UK economy between £3.3-£4.3bn a year and is described by the Prime Minister as "the great human rights issue of our time" . Despite the UK's world leading Modern Slavery Act, there are still between 10,000-13,000 people enslaved in the UK, often hidden in plain sight.

A Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) will provide independent, impartial and authoritative insight and analysis of practical utility to Government, Parliament, business, NGOs, and international organisations. It will undertake policy-focussed research, respond to strategic challenges, advance understanding and stimulate innovative and effective solutions.
 
Description The Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre (Modern Slavery PEC) was created by the investment of public funding to enhance understanding of modern slavery and transform the effectiveness of law and policies designed to address it. The Centre commissions and co-creates high quality research with a focus on policy impact, and brings together academics, policymakers, businesses, civil society, survivors and the public on a scale not seen before in the UK to collaborate on solving this global challenge.

In April 2021 the Modern Slavery PEC published its strategy which outlined its five strategic objectives and how these would be achieved over the period to 2024. The strategy also set out the Centre's core values (inclusive, transparent, rigorous, collaborative) which are fundamental commitments that guide the way the organisation works.
The Modern Slavery PEC is a source of independent and impartial expertise on modern slavery grounded in high quality research. Modern Slavery PEC commissions and carries out new research and amplifies the existing evidence base. Four research priorities were identified as a result of a wide-ranging consultation, co-designed by a working group that included academics, policymakers and other actors from the sector. These are:
1. Prevention
2. Identification and support
3. Prosecution
4. Supply chains
In 2021 we introduced a new research area to enable us to respond to cross-cutting issues, such as impact of Covid-19 and the scale and nature of modern slavery.

Over the period the Modern Slavery PEC has supported 23 research teams to undertake projects in these areas and build collaboration between researchers and policymakers to influence the laws and policies against modern slavery. Throughout these projects, the Modern Slavery PEC has facilitated innovative collaborations between researchers and partner organisations from other sectors. By bringing together organisations and individuals that may have different knowledge, experiences and perspectives, we aim to help new thinking about modern slavery to emerge, giving rise to new solutions. For example, across the eleven projects funded under our open funding call on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on modern slavery, we saw national and international collaborations between researchers and more than 10 different NGOs and businesses.

16 of these projects were or are being delivered through Modern Slavery PEC open research calls funded and administered directly by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Two of these were responsive research, funded and administered directly by the Modern Slavery PEC, where the Centre commissions researchers to answer specific questions and evidence gaps through responsive and agile projects and five were projects delivered by the consortium partners. Additionally, the collaboration of the six partner organisations is a key part of the Modern Slavery PEC's model and our partner-led workstrands are utilising the existing expertise within the PEC partners and allowing both agile and longer-term approaches to meet the needs of policymakers. Partner-led workstrands include a variety of types of work, such as evidence reviews and rapid response policy briefs, all developed in close collaboration with the Modern Slavery PEC core team.

These projects have been guided by the Centre's research principles of:
1. Effectiveness: the aim that research should address evidence gaps relevant to policy and improve understanding of what works.
2. Equity: the aim that research should address structural inequalities, root causes and wider issues of social justice alongside a more equitable approach to allocation of research funding.
3. Survivor involvement: the aim that research should involve people affected by modern slavery at all stages, from selection, through design, production and implementation. The Centre has engaged with a number of organisations and individuals to ensure the effective involvement of people with lived experience in its work.

The Centre seeks to improve the law and policy responses to modern slavery by promoting evidence and insight produced by the Modern Slavery PEC's research in an accessible way. Centre has used various means to share its work and research with stakeholders across the modern slavery sector, including policymakers, businesses and practitioner organisations. This has taken the form of collaborating with funded research teams to develop and publish 15 Modern Slavery PEC Research Summaries, which provide an accessible overview of key findings and policy recommendations from research projects, four policy briefs which synthesise evidence to address key questions for policymakers, 16 blogs (authored by a mixture of researchers, and Modern Slavery PEC staff) and two podcasts to promote research findings. The Centre has also hosted six online events and roundtables to disseminate research and discuss implications of these findings.

The Centre has also submitted evidence to consultations run by the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, the UK Joint Committee on Human Rights, the International Development Sub-Committee and contributed to the UK Government's review of the Modern Slavery Strategy.
Exploitation Route The Modern Slavery PEC was designed to enhance understanding of modern slavery across the globe and transform the effectiveness of laws and policies and practices designed and implemented to overcome it. The outcomes of this funding will be:
1. Policymakers, businesses and organisations increasingly know about, access, understand and use evidence in decision-making
2. Portfolio of high quality, more diverse funded research informs on evidence gaps
3. Improved understanding of needs and perspectives of survivors is built into research, policies and laws
4. Improved and greater collaboration and information sharing to address modern slavery
5. The Modern Slavery Policy and Evidence Centre is an exemplar of good practice within the modern slavery research sector
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Government, Democracy and Justice

URL https://modernslaverypec.org/
 
Description The Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre (Modern Slavery PEC) aims to enhance understanding of modern slavery across the globe and transform the effectiveness of laws and policies designed to overcome it. At this stage of the investment, the Centre's focus has been to lay the foundations for impact through our Strategy and Theory of Change, and the achievement of activities focused on five outcomes: Outcome 1: Policymakers, businesses and organisations increasingly know about, access, understand and use evidence in decision-making As demonstrated by the Centre's activities and outputs over the year, the Centre has been successful at sharing evidence with policymakers, businesses and other actors across the sector (such as researchers and civil society groups), through the publication of PEC Research Summaries, briefings aimed at policymakers and businesses, and evidence to calls for evidence and government reviews. The Centre has prioritised synthesising Modern Slavery PEC funded and wider research to be accessible to policymakers and other research users and supporting those groups to make best use of evidence in decision-making. The PEC's Policy Impact team undertakes regular horizon-scanning of the policy landscape and direct engagement with groups the Centre aims to influence, such as policymakers in Government and businesses. These formal engagements have been used as opportunities for policy influencing. The use of the Centre's research and analysis is demonstrated by citations in policy documents across a range of stakeholders, such as the UK Government, Scottish Government and Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. The Centre will continue to fund research projects in line with our research agenda, ensuring that research is relevant, timely, trustworthy and accessible for policymakers and decision-makers. Outcome 2: Portfolio of high quality, more diverse funded research informs on evidence gaps Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centre has supported 23 research teams over the period on a range of modern slavery research projects. These research areas align with the research priorities identified by a wide-ranging consultation process in 2020, including academics, policymakers, people with lived experience of modern slavery and other actors from the sector. This initial approach to sourcing ideas for its research priorities, subsequent engagement with stakeholders and different mechanisms for funding (including a responsive research approach in which we commission researchers to answer specific questions and evidence gaps) has led to research that directly informs on evidence gaps. We have also sought to improve diversity within the research and those undertaking it through our funding, for example partnership with a non-academic stakeholder, such as a third sector organisation or business, has been a required condition of funding, and we have an online research ideas form in which any individual or organisation can submit themes and questions, which they think deserve more research and evidence. The ideas submitted inform the research the Centre commissions and our ongoing review of our research priorities. Outcome 3: Improved understanding of needs and perspectives of survivors is built into research, policies and laws Over the past year, we have employed a consultant with lived experience of modern slavery, who has contributed to the development of our research calls, application reviews and other areas of the Centre's activities, ensuring their perspective is included in our work. Furthermore, many of the research projects the Centre has funded have a strong focus on survivor involvement, for example the most recent portfolio of five research projects on the theme of long-term outcomes and indicators of well-being and recovery for survivors. These projects are exploring different approaches to survivor inclusion in research, including engaging survivors in project design, advisory roles, co-creation through participatory group work and as peer-researchers. Going forward, we plan to expand our work with people with lived experience and share learnings with the sector, and have engaged with a number of organisations and individuals to understand the best ways of doing this. Outcome 4: Improved and greater collaboration and information sharing to address modern slavery Collaboration is one of the fundamental values that guide the work of the Modern Slavery PEC. All research projects funded must involve academic and non-academic partners. Over this year the Centre has hosted 6 events, including one co-hosted with the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, to share research findings and learnings with stakeholders including policymakers, businesses, academics and the public. The Centre continues to engage in work to expand its reach across businesses, third sector and academic organisations through bilateral meetings and we anticipate bringing these groups together in the coming months to facilitate impactful interdisciplinary collaborations. Outcome 5: The Modern Slavery Policy and Evidence Centre is an exemplar of good practice within the modern slavery research sector The Modern Slavery PEC's reputation is demonstrated by invitations to speak at events across the sector in both national and international contexts. In light of the Centre's expertise, the Centre has been commissioned by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to conduct a project on promising practice of involving of people with lived experience in international policy and programming, and by the Office of Theresa May to undertake a scoping study to examine the case for a Global Commission on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.
First Year Of Impact 2020
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Bonavero & Bingham Report on "Effectiveness of Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act"
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/resources/tisc-effectiveness
 
Description Co-chairing of a roundtable with the Home Office Modern Slavery Unit to discuss research and evidence, as part of the UK Government's review of the Modern Slavery Strategy
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Expert contribution to UK Department for International Trade technical discussion with G7 partners on best practices to prevent, identify and eliminate forced labour in global supply chains
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact Improved understanding among G7 partners on best practices to prevent, identify and eliminate forced labour in global supply chains
 
Description Interactive workshops for regional modern slavery partnerships
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/resources/interactive-workshops-regional-partnerships
 
Description Modern Slavery PEC Director of Research oral evidence cited in the IDC sub committee's report
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact Evidence contributed to ICAI's recommendations
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/7735/documents/80648/default/
 
Description Modern Slavery PEC worked with the Home Office to facilitate 2 workshops between Modern Slavery PEC funded researchers and UK government departments and 5 Eyes partners to increase understanding of modern slavery risks in Malaysia's rubber glove sector during the pandemic. This was highlighted in the Home Office modern slavery statement 2020 to 2021
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact Within the Home Office Modern Slavery Statement the Home Office cites this engagement as part of its engagement with other domestic and international public sector partners to increase our collective understanding of the risks of modern slavery in PPE supply chains and develop policy and practical solutions.
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/home-office-modern-slavery-statement-2020-to-2021
 
Description Modern Slavery PEC's evidence on Nationality and Borders Bill highlighted in JCHR report, 'Legislative Scrutiny: Nationality and Borders Bill (Part 5)-Modern slavery'
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/8328/documents/84688/default/
 
Description Modern Slavery PEC's work highlighted in the 2021 UK Annual Report on Modern Slavery
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/2021-uk-annual-report-on-modern-slavery
 
Description Modern Slavery PEC's work highlighted in the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Annual report 2020/21
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.antislaverycommissioner.co.uk/media/1642/independent-anti-slavery-commissioner-annual-re...
 
Description Modern Slavery PEC's work highlighted in the Scottish Government 'Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy: fourth annual progress report - 2020 to 2021'
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.gov.scot/publications/trafficking-exploitation-strategy-fourth-annual-progress-report/do...
 
Description Modern Slavery PEC's work highlighted in the UK Government Beating Crime Plan
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/beating-crime-plan
 
Description Oral evidence to International Development Sub-Committee on the work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Influenced policymaking
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/347/international-development-subcommittee-on-the-work-of...
 
Description PEC's work highlighted in the 2020 UK Annual Report on Modern Slavery
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/9271...
 
Description PEC's work highlighted in the Government response to the Independent Commission for Aid Impact review on modern slavery
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hmg-response-to-the-icai-recommendations-on-uks-approach-...
 
Description PEC's work highlighted in the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Annual report 2019/20
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/9186...
 
Description Submission to the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office as part of their call for evidence on their international development strategy
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/resources/fcdo-call-evidence
 
Description Submission to the UK Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) call for evidence on the Nationality and Borders Bill.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/resources/submission-nationality-borders-bill
 
Description The Modern Slavery PEC's briefing on the 2014 Modern Slavery strategy review
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/resources/modern-slavery-strategy-briefing
 
Description Modern Slavery - Survivor Engagement in International Policy and Programming
Amount £65,000 (GBP)
Organisation Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2022 
End 06/2022
 
Description Modern Slavery Landscape Analysis
Amount £79,552 (GBP)
Organisation Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2022 
End 05/2022
 
Description Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK 
Organisation Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We collaborated with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA) on the planning and delivery of an international virtual conference. We financially contributed to the organisation of this event, had weekly/bi-weekly catch ups and collaborated throughout the planning of the event, including on programme development, communications and branding.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners at the CPA owned the project management of the event from the initial survey of stakeholders of the event, contacting and securing speakers, through to the successful delivery of the event across two days on an innovative virtual platform. Their invlvement also included supplying us with regular 6 weekly reports so that we could keep our partners up to date on progress, and the production of a thorough post-event report
Impact A virtual international conference, which is discussed in more detail in the 'Engagement Activities' section
Start Year 2020
 
Description Multi-stakeholder Working Group to oversee the Modern Slavery PEC's research consultation (representatives from the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, the Home Office, The Alan Turing Institute, Nottingham University Rights Lab, Hull University Wilberforce Institute and The Clewer Initiative). 
Organisation Alan Turing Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We set up this Working Group to oversee our research consultation. A member of the PEC's senior management board chaired the Working Group and delivered the research consultation.
Collaborator Contribution The Working Group provided support to the research consultation for example by chairing stakeholder roundtables, contributing to the design of the consultation and providing feedback on draft reports.
Impact A research consultation report, underpinned by a survey of over 100 stakeholders and eight stakeholder roundtables.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Multi-stakeholder Working Group to oversee the Modern Slavery PEC's research consultation (representatives from the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, the Home Office, The Alan Turing Institute, Nottingham University Rights Lab, Hull University Wilberforce Institute and The Clewer Initiative). 
Organisation Clewer Initiative
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We set up this Working Group to oversee our research consultation. A member of the PEC's senior management board chaired the Working Group and delivered the research consultation.
Collaborator Contribution The Working Group provided support to the research consultation for example by chairing stakeholder roundtables, contributing to the design of the consultation and providing feedback on draft reports.
Impact A research consultation report, underpinned by a survey of over 100 stakeholders and eight stakeholder roundtables.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Multi-stakeholder Working Group to oversee the Modern Slavery PEC's research consultation (representatives from the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, the Home Office, The Alan Turing Institute, Nottingham University Rights Lab, Hull University Wilberforce Institute and The Clewer Initiative). 
Organisation Home Office
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We set up this Working Group to oversee our research consultation. A member of the PEC's senior management board chaired the Working Group and delivered the research consultation.
Collaborator Contribution The Working Group provided support to the research consultation for example by chairing stakeholder roundtables, contributing to the design of the consultation and providing feedback on draft reports.
Impact A research consultation report, underpinned by a survey of over 100 stakeholders and eight stakeholder roundtables.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Multi-stakeholder Working Group to oversee the Modern Slavery PEC's research consultation (representatives from the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, the Home Office, The Alan Turing Institute, Nottingham University Rights Lab, Hull University Wilberforce Institute and The Clewer Initiative). 
Organisation Independent Anti Slavery Commissioner
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We set up this Working Group to oversee our research consultation. A member of the PEC's senior management board chaired the Working Group and delivered the research consultation.
Collaborator Contribution The Working Group provided support to the research consultation for example by chairing stakeholder roundtables, contributing to the design of the consultation and providing feedback on draft reports.
Impact A research consultation report, underpinned by a survey of over 100 stakeholders and eight stakeholder roundtables.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Multi-stakeholder Working Group to oversee the Modern Slavery PEC's research consultation (representatives from the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, the Home Office, The Alan Turing Institute, Nottingham University Rights Lab, Hull University Wilberforce Institute and The Clewer Initiative). 
Organisation University of Hull
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We set up this Working Group to oversee our research consultation. A member of the PEC's senior management board chaired the Working Group and delivered the research consultation.
Collaborator Contribution The Working Group provided support to the research consultation for example by chairing stakeholder roundtables, contributing to the design of the consultation and providing feedback on draft reports.
Impact A research consultation report, underpinned by a survey of over 100 stakeholders and eight stakeholder roundtables.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Multi-stakeholder Working Group to oversee the Modern Slavery PEC's research consultation (representatives from the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, the Home Office, The Alan Turing Institute, Nottingham University Rights Lab, Hull University Wilberforce Institute and The Clewer Initiative). 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We set up this Working Group to oversee our research consultation. A member of the PEC's senior management board chaired the Working Group and delivered the research consultation.
Collaborator Contribution The Working Group provided support to the research consultation for example by chairing stakeholder roundtables, contributing to the design of the consultation and providing feedback on draft reports.
Impact A research consultation report, underpinned by a survey of over 100 stakeholders and eight stakeholder roundtables.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner 
Organisation Independent Anti Slavery Commissioner
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We agreed a Memorandum of Understanding setting out how the IASC and the Modern Slavery PEC already collaborate and how we propose to deepen that collaboration. It also covers how the IASC may support research relevant to her statutory remit whilst also providing advice and guidance to the Modern Slavery PEC as a member of the Advisory Group.
Collaborator Contribution As before
Impact The IASC continues to offer valuable guidance and insight to the Modern Slavery PEC as a member of the Centre's Advisory group
Start Year 2021
 
Description Survivor Alliance 
Organisation Survivor Alliance
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution As part of our consultation on the PEC's research priorities, we collaborated with Survivor Alliance to seek the views of survivors on the following topic "what research would you like to pursue that addresses issues of sustainable freedom and wellbeing for survivors of slavery?"
Collaborator Contribution Survivor Alliance conducted research with six survivors of modern slavery to inform the PEC's research consultation.
Impact A research consultation report, informed by the views of survivors of modern slavery
Start Year 2020
 
Description Alison Gardner and Pauline Werner blog on building resilience against exploitation after the pandemic. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Blog promoting research examining the implications of the pandemic for resilience against exploitation in Dakar, Senegal, and Nairobi, Kenya. The impact of this blog was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/sengal-kenya-costs-covid-19
 
Description An Anti-Slavery Day blog from a person with lived experience of modern slavery 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An Anti-Slavery Day blog from a person with lived experience of modern slavery. The impact of this was an increased profile and opportunity to share views by a person with lived experience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/listening-to-people-with-lived-experience
 
Description Anti Slavery Day Networking Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact We marked our first Anti-Slavery Day by hosting a virtual networking event, entitled "Building new collaborations in modern slavery research", to create a platform for researchers and non-academics to facilitate new collaborations in modern slavery research. The UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Dame Sara Thornton headlined the event, with the participants also hearing from researchers running the current PEC projects, presenting their own ideas for research and networking directly with other colleagues. The event proved to be very popular and we will aim to build on it and continue providing platforms for people to come together against modern slavery.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/event-building-new-collaborations-in-modern-slavery-research
 
Description Anti-Slavery Day, listening to people with lived experience 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact For Anti-Slavery Day, a podcast talking about the importance of listening to people with lived experience of modern slavery. The impact was increased awareness of learnings across the sector
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/podcast-listening-lived-experience
 
Description Blog by Prof Alex Balch: Why the new Modern Slavery PEC funding call focuses on the role of wider laws and policies on modern slavery. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Blog promoting a research call on the role of wider laws and policies on modern slavery, and the process for applying. 36 expressions of interest were received for the research call
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/modern-slavery-links-wider-contexts
 
Description Blog for Business Against Poverty 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A blog post which opened the conversation on the best ways to tackle modern slavery in supply chains, and set out the PEC's priorities for research on what works in this area
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://businessfightspoverty.org/lets-open-a-conversation-on-research-into-modern-slavery-in-busine...
 
Description Business and academic workshop to consider business research ideas 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Following the business roundtable, the purpose of this workshop was to refine the list of potential research areas and begin to shape the content of the Responsive Research call on long and complex supply chains. The impact of this was successfully shaping a research call that met the identified evidence needs of business while also being relevant to ongoing academic research on modern slavery.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Business roundtable with a range of large, UK-based multinational businesses on the key evidence gaps where new research could support their actions to address modern slavery 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The purpose was to gather input from stakeholders. The outcome was a prioritised list of potential evidence gaps. This was refined further and informed the development of a Responsive Research call 'Visibility over long supply chains'. The impact was shaping the Responsive Research Call mentioned, which will produce research that directly responds to evidence gaps identified by businesses
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Businesses should build on the experience of the pandemic to better safeguard against forced labour. Blog by Owain Johnstone. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Blog promoting the Modern Slavery PEC's policy briefing analysing evidence on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on modern slavery. The impact of this blog was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/pandemic-increased-forced-labour-business-improve
 
Description Call for responsive research proposals on establishing visibility and influence over long and complex supply chains 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Press release setting out the launch of research call a research call on establishing visibility and influence over long and complex supply chains, and the process for applying. 6 research team applications were received
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/call-research-visibility-supply-chains
 
Description Call for responsive research proposals: improving the identification of adults who have lived experience of modern slavery in the UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Press release setting out the launch of research call improving the identification of adults who have lived experience of modern slavery in the UK, and the process for applying . The impact was increased awareness of research calls
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/call-research-identification-survivors
 
Description Consumer attitudes towards modern slavery 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Podcast promoting research investigating how consumer action can be effectively supported and mobilised to address issues of modern slavery, and what interventions can be effective in instigating impactful consumer action. The impact was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/podcast-consumer-attitudes
 
Description Cumberland Lodge workshop - Practitioner Responses to Child Trafficking: Emerging Good Practice 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact PEC Director of research, Alex Balch, participated in a 2-day workshop dedicated to improving the use of evidence from practioners in efforts to address modern slavery. The impact of this was cross-sector learning on generation and use of practitioner evidence in relation to safeguarding of children
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Director of Research Prof Alex Balch blogs on the PEC research priorities consultation report published today. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Blog promoting the findings of the Modern Slavery PEC's research consultation and priority research areas. The impact of this was increased awareness of the Modern Slavery PEC's research priorities among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/we-need-research-that-is-more-equitable-and-effective
 
Description Dr Alicia Kidd's blog for Thomson Reuters to promote the PEC-designed workshops for local actors to devise local strategies against modern slavery 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog promoting the workshops designed by the Modern Slavery PEC project for local actors to create their own local response to cases of modern slavery
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://news.trust.org/item/20201015123823-50gpt
 
Description Dr Alicia Kidd's blog for Yorkshire Post to promote the PEC-designed workshops for local actors to devise local strategies against modern slavery 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Blog promoting the workshops designed by the Modern Slavery PEC project for local actors in Yorkshire to create their own local resposne to cases of modern slavery. The Wilberforce Institute, which led on the project, is based in Hull and has rich links to local communities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/columnists/anti-slavery-days-importance-raising-awarene...
 
Description Event on research and policy impact hosted jointly with UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Event on research and policy impact to share learnings. The impact was increased awareness of learnings across the sector
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/collaboration-maximise-impact-modern-slavery-research
 
Description Event on the impact of Covid-19 on modern slavery across the world and best practice to protect people from exploitation. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Event promoting the research on 'Good practice in protecting people from modern slavery during the Covid-19 pandemic'. The impact was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/event-good-practice-covid
 
Description Event: How effective is the UK law on transparency in supply chains? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Event promoting the research on 'how effective has the Modern Slavery Act been in holding UK businesses accountable for preventing exploitation in their supply chains, and what can we do to make it more effective going forward?'. The impact of this was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/effective-uk-law-transparency-supply-chains
 
Description Event: The role of consumers in addressing modern slavery 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Event discussing the best ways of engaging consumers in addressing modern slavery. The impact was increased awareness of research findings across the sector
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/event-consumers-addressing-modern-slavery
 
Description Event: what data do investors need to take effective action on modern slavery? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Event promoting the research on 'what data do investors need to take effective action on modern slavery?'. The impact was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/data-investors-event
 
Description Forced Labour Import Bans: What Does the Evidence Tell Us? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Article by Owain Johnstone in Delta 8.7 Forum, a platform for evidence connected to modern slavery and SDG 8.7, on forced labour ban policy briefing. The impact was increased awareness of evidence on forced labour bans among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://delta87.org/2021/12/forced-labour-bans-what-does-evidence-tell-us/
 
Description Forced labour import bans can be effective, but need to be considered in a wider context of complex efforts, blogs Owain Johnstone 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Blog promoting Modern Slavery PEC's policy briefing on the effectiveness of forced labour import bans. The impact of this was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/import-bans-potentially-useful-but-careful-how-you-use-them
 
Description Google Group mailing list 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Building membership and use of the Google Group mailing list. The purpose is to build an interactive mailing list with a large and diverse membership across the anti-slavery sector. There are currently 170 members, who have used it to share research questions and interests, and to look for partners with whom to collaborate on research bids.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/google-group
 
Description How to make modern slavery research more impactful. Prof Alex Balch's blog on three things we learned from our event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Blog setting out three key lessons we took away from our event (co-hosted with the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner) entitled 'Working collaboratively to maximise the impact of modern slavery research', to discuss the obstacles standing in the way of achieving this impact and the best practical ways to overcome them. The impact of this was increased awareness of learnings across the sector
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/make-modern-slavery-research-impactful
 
Description Introductory meeting between Modern Slavery PEC and Home Office Safeguarding Minister 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Introduction to the Modern Slavery PEC, research priorities and ongoing work. The impact of this was iincreased awareness of the Modern Slavery PEC's priorities by the Minister and Home Office Chief Scientific Adviser
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Investor Action article (FT FDi Intelligence) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Researchers working on a project funded by the Modern Slavery PEC were interviewed and had the work of their project cited in this FDI Intelligence article (FDI Intelligence is the FT's platform for investors, the article is on working to end modern slavery through data).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.fdiintelligence.com/article/79350
 
Description Irene Pietropaoli blogs on what next for human rights due diligence 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Blog promoting upcoming research on mandatory human rights due diligence approaches. The impact was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/due-diligence-laws-effectiveness
 
Description Jakub Sobik blogs on five key takeaways from the CPA UK and the Modern Slavery PEC conference on assisting and supporting survivors 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Blog on five key takeaways from the CPA UK and the Modern Slavery PEC conference on assisting and supporting survivors. The impact was increased awareness of learnings across the sector
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/what-we-learned-survivor-support-conference
 
Description Legal advice needs to be placed at the centre of survivor support considerations, Dr Samantha Currie blogs 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Blog promoting research analysing access to legal advice and representation in England for people with lived experience of modern slavery. The impact of this was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/legal-advice-needs-improvement
 
Description Lessons we learned from our modern slavery prevention research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog from Liz Such on five things we learned about preventing labour and sexual exploitation in the UK. The impact of this was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/lessons-modern-slavery-prevention-research
 
Description Modern Slavery Business Roundtables 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Modern slavey in busines supply chains is one of the research priority areas of the PEC. The 1st roundtable in this series provided an introduction of the PEC to businesses; the 2nd roundtable continued on that 1st roundtable whilst expanding the business members base; the 3rd roundtable introduced relevant PEC projects to business on modern slavery in business supply chains
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/roundtable-business
 
Description Modern Slavery Data for Investor Action Roundtables 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Aligned with the PEC research priority area of modern slavery in business supply chains, two roundtable events were held which focused on investor access to high-quality, accurate data on modern slavery risks in investment portfolios The first roundtable was held with asset management industry representatives; the second with participants representing a range of different stakeholder groups, with both totalling seventy experts ranging from asset management professionals to representatives of civil society organisations, commercial information providers, and leaders of initiatives, to foster collective action in the financial sector to address modern slavery.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/research-projects/modern-slavery-data-investors
 
Description Modern Slavery PEC and AHRC open call for research on links to wider legal and policy frameworks. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Press release setting out the launch of research call a research call on the role of wider laws and policies on modern slavery, and the process for applying. 36 expressions of interest were received for the research call
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/call-research-links-modern-slavery-wider-laws-policies
 
Description Modern Slavery PEC's Partnership Manager Owain Johnstone blogs on the key challenges for the finance sector in tackling modern slavery 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Blog sharing findings of a Modern Slavery PEC roundtable with organisations from the finance sector on the key challenges for the finance sector in tackling modern slavery The impact was increased awareness of learnings across the sector
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/learning-finance-sector-roundtable
 
Description Modern Slavery PEC's five new calls for research proposals 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Press release setting out the launch of all research calls. Applications and expressions of interest were received for research calls
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/five-research-calls
 
Description Modern slavery survivors in the driving seat in five new Modern Slavery PEC research projects. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Press release announcing five research projects funded by the Modern Slavery PEC which aim to improve key areas of support for people affected by modern slavery in the UK. The impact was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/survivor-recovery-project-launch
 
Description New report lays groundwork for developing data solutions for investors to help address modern slavery 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Press release promoting research on developing data solutions for investors to help address modern slavery. The impact was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/investors-data
 
Description Opinion piece: It's time to listen to people who've experienced modern slavery 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog from an Expert by Experience who works with the Modern Slavery PEC outlining the need to meaningfully include people with lived experience in research. Republished on the Modern Slavery Pec blog. The impact of this was increased awareness of meaningful inclusion of people with lived experience in research. This put people with lived experience forward as experts rather than those being researched
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://news.trust.org/item/20211018151546-e8z7u/
 
Description Our actions as consumers matter. Blog by Deirdre Shaw, Michal Carrington and Andreas Chatzidakis 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Blog promoting research investigating how consumer action can be effectively supported and mobilised to address issues of modern slavery, and what interventions can be effective in instigating impactful consumer action. The impact of this is increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/consumers-help-prevent-modern-slavery
 
Description PEC Director's blog for Thomson Reuters (reposted on the PEC website) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog by the PEC director published by Thomson Reuters outlining the context for the PEC's existence, the key problems it's set out to tackle and its mission
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://news.trust.org/item/20200915113542-a2pk7
 
Description PEC-CPA International Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Marking the official opening of the new Modern Slavery PEC, we hosted a global conference on assisting and supporting survivors of modern slavery on 15 & 16 September, organised in partnership with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK. It brought together over 250 survivor advocates and professionals from over 30 countries, with speakers including the former UK Prime Minister Theresa May, the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Dame Sara Thornton, Chair of the Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act Frank Field, and the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery Prof Tomoya Obokata.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/virtual-conference
 
Description Presentation at the Home Office Modern Slavery Strategy and Implementation Group (MSSIG) Prevent group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The PEC was invited to speak at the Home Office Prevent MSSIG group - which brings together Government with partner organisations to address modern slavery - about the PEC's overall research aims
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Prof Alex Balch analyses the figures of people referred as potential victims of modern slavery in the UK for 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Press release analysing National Referral Mechanism stats, undertaken by the Modern Slavery PEC in conjunction with the University of Liverpool. The impact of this was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/covid-19-limited-ability-identify-people-modern-slavery
 
Description Prof Alex Balch on listening and acting on meaningful inclusion of lived experience in our research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Blog sharing the Modern Slavery PEC's approach to survivor inclusion and highlighting its importance. The impact of this was increased awareness of the Modern Slavery PEC's approach to survivor inclusion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/inclusion-lived-experience
 
Description Rapid research call: assessing the potential of interventions to prevent modern slavery in the UK. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Press release promoting the research call on assessing the potential of interventions to prevent modern slavery in the UK. One project was funded on the topic
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/call-research-prevention-modern-slavery-uk
 
Description Real policy change is at the heart of our strategy, writes the PEC director Murray Hunt 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Blog promoting Modern Slavery PEC strategy. This blog increased awareness among stakeholders of the Modern Slavery PEC's priorities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/transform-solutions-modern-slavery
 
Description Report analysing access to legal representation for survivors in England 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Press release promoting research on access to legal representation for survivors in England. The impact was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/barriers-legal-advice
 
Description Report uncovers widespread exploitation in the industry supplying PPE to the NHS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Press release promoting research on the impact of COVID-19 on forced labour in the Malaysian medical glove industry. The impact was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/forced-labour-malaysia-medical-glove
 
Description Report: relying on civil society to hold business to account for preventing modern slavery in their supply chains has been ineffective. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Press release promoting research on the effectiveness of Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act. The impact of this was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/report-enforcing-tisc-measures
 
Description Research Priorities Consultation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Over the summer 2020 we held a consultation to inform the development of the PEC's research priorities for the next five years, with an online survey and a series of workshops that followed up throughout September. A report, alongside a blog by the Director of Research Prof Alex Balch on the PEC's website, was published in January 2021. It will inform the Modern Slavery PEC's research strategy, due to be published in April 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/resources/report-consultation-on-the-modern-slavery-pec-research-priori...
 
Description Research finds the pandemic Romanian and Bulgarian workers became vulnerable to exploitation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Press release promoting research on the impact of COVID-19 on conditions of migrant workers. The impact was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/report-worsen-conditions-migrant-workers-uk-agri-food
 
Description Roundtable of finance sector organisations 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The purpose was to gather together a number of organisations in the UK finance sector to discuss key evidence gaps where new research could help support their work to address modern slavery. The outcome was a better understanding of those gaps as well as new relationships with a network of finance organisations with whom the PEC will continue to engage. The impact of this was the development of our network in the sector providing an avenue for the finance sector to inform the PEC's research priorities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Roundtable with UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact We organised a roundtable with Professor Tomoya Obokata, the newly appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery. The purpose of the roundtable was to give an opportunity for Professor Obokata to introduce the plans he was drawing up for his work in the role, to create a platform for key PEC stakeholders to engage with him and provide feedback on his priorities, and for the attendees well to learn more about the PEC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Speaker at panel discussion on 'Equitable and inclusive monitoring, evaluation and research in the anti-trafficking movement' at 2022 conference Monitoring & Evaluation of Trafficking in Persons (METIP) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Personal invitation as keynote or other named speaker to a conference. PEC Operations Director, Kelly Ryan, spoke at a panel discussion on "equitable and inclusive monitoring, evaluation and research in the anti-trafficking movement at the 2022 METIP conference. The audience included anti trafficking professionals from across the globe. The impact of this was raising the profile of the Modern Slavery PEC to a wider audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://metip.net/2022-Annual-Conference
 
Description Speaker at panel discussion on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking at the 2021 Partnership for Conflict, Crime & Security Research (PaCCS) Conference on Maximising Impact from Serious Organised Crime Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact PEC Director of Policy Impact, Olivia Hesketh, spoke at a panel discussion on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, at the 2021 Partnership for Conflict, Crime & Security Research (PaCCS) Conference on Maximising Impact from Serious Organised Crime Research. The audience included researchers, policymakers, industry professionals, and members of the third sector. The impact of this included raising profile of the Modern Slavery PEC to a wider audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.paccsresearch.org.uk/resources/maximising-impact-from-serious-organised-crime-research/
 
Description Tackling Modern Slavery BBC Podcast (BBC Radio 3 New Thinking podast) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The New Thinking Podcast produced jointly by BBC and AHRC, hosted by Naomi Paxton, featured two researchers working on the PEC projects, Katarina Schwartz from the Rights Lab on the analysis of the main source countries of trafficking into the UK and Alicia Kidd from the Wilberfoce Institute on the interactive training for frontline practitioners. The podcast was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and is available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000jnmc
 
Description The Modern Slavery PEC has published a Policy Brief on the impact of Covid-19 on modern slavery 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Press release promoting Modern Slavery PEC's policy brief on impact of Covid-19 on modern slavery. The impact of this was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/covid-pandemic-increased-vulnerability
 
Description There's less focus on modern slavery, but there are opportunities to integrate it across all new priorities, blogs Prof Alex Balch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Blog promoting the Modern Slavery PEC's policy briefing assessing of evidence linking modern slavery with the seven ODA priorities. The impact of this blog was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/integrate-modern-slavery-uk-international-development
 
Description Understanding the Role of the Consumer in Modern Slavery 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Article by lead researchers on the role of consumers in addressing modern slavery on Delta 8.7 Forum. The impact was increased awareness of Modern Slavery PEC evidence
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://delta87.org/2021/10/understanding-the-role-of-the-consumer-in-modern-slavery/
 
Description Virtual roundtable on the pandemic's unequal impacts on global garment supply chains 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Event discussing the findings of recently published research. The impact was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/roundtable-pandemic-garment-supply-chains
 
Description We want our research to be driven by the wider community, so want to hear your ideas. Blog by Izzy Templer. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Blog promoting research ideas form so that anyone interested in the modern slavery issues can share their ideas for the research that they would like us to commission. We particularly welcome ideas from people with lived experience of modern slavery and communities at particular risk of exploitation. We also welcome ideas from users of research, for example policymakers, businesses or those delivering frontline services. The impact of this blog was increased awareness of the form and use to submit ideas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/incorporating-community-research-ideas
 
Description Westminster Legal Policy Forum keynote seminar - Next steps for tackling modern slavery 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Personal invitation as a named speaker at a conference. PEC Director of research, Alex Balch, participated in a Westminster Legal Policy Forum involving participation from key policymakers within legislatures, governments and regulatory bodies, and from stakeholders in the professions, businesses and their advisors, consumer organisations, local government, the third sector and other interested groups, The impact of this was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/publication/Modern-Slavery-21
 
Description What the latest stats tell us about modern slavery in the UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog outlining five key takeaways from the latest National Referral Mechanisms statistics. The impact of this was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/2021-nrm-stats
 
Description Women working in the Bangladeshi garment industry have been particularly affected by the pandemic. Blog by Prof. Muhammad Azizul Islam 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Blog promoting the research which explored conditions of women workers working in UK retailers' supply factories based in Bangladesh during the Covid-19 pandemic. The impact was increased awareness of the research among stakeholders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://modernslaverypec.org/latest/covid-women-garment-bangladesh