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Invitation to a webinar: Migrant workers and sustainability in global supply chains

  • 1.  Invitation to a webinar: Migrant workers and sustainability in global supply chains

    Posted 05-11-2023 07:50

    Dear colleagues,

    We would like to invite you to our upcoming webinar co-hosted by Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds (CIBUL), Migration, Business & Society, and the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) at the World Bank.

    The large-scale recruitment of migrant workers is a major feature of the global economy, with an estimated 169 million international migrant workers-or 1 in 20 workers-worldwide. In particular, economic transitions in middle-income countries are generating an unprecedented demand for labor in regions as diverse as Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, and South America. This has immense implications for multinational enterprises and the global supply chains that support them. Yet there has been little dialogue across disciplinary frontiers or exchange with practice and policy on this important topic. This webinar aims to address this gap. 

    The opening words will be provided by Paul Baldassari (Flex Ltd.) and Elizabeth Frantz (Open Society Foundations). Jeremy Clegg (University of Leeds) and Jennifer Gordon (Fordham University) will discuss academic research on social sustainability in global supply chains and the intersection between trade and migration, respectively. Kevin Franklin (ELEVATE/LRQA) will share insights from his twenty plus years in global supply chain auditing and consulting and Stephanie Bratnick / Neill Wilkins (Institute for Human Rights and Business) will contribute their experiences in managing cross-sector partnerships, like the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment, that seek to drive positive change.

    Moderated by Milda Žilinskaitė (Vienna University of Economics and Business) and Aida Hajro (University of Leeds)

    May 24, 2023 | Global Start Times:

    9:00-10:30 EDT (New York City)

    14:00-15:30 BST (London)

    15:00-16:30 CEST (Vienna)

    To register via Eventbrite, please click here or insert the link into your browser:


    Aida Hajro
    Full Professor
    University of Leeds