[Oct 2021] [ 1:30 pm] [ ]
Grenoble Ecole de Management
12 rue Pierre Sémard
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Seminar: Translating the risk of modern slavery in global supply chains: The case of Thai seafood
Miriam Wilhelm is the Aletta Jabobs Professor of Global Supply Chain Management at the University of Groningen. She obtained her PhD at the Institute of Management, Freie Universitaet Berlin.
Her main research interests lie on to governance of global supply chains, particularly with respect to sustainability. She has explored this topic through various empirical projects in the electronics, global garment, and seafood industries. She has published in the Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Organization Science, the Journal of Supply Chain Management, among others.
She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo, Meiji University Tokyo, and the University of Melbourne. She has also gained working experience outside academia prior to joining the University of Groningen.
Modern slavery constitutes a novel risk for actors that are part of a global supply chain. Different actor groups – i.e., global brands, suppliers, local governments, and vessel operators – translate the novel risk of ‘modern slavery’ into specific organization-level risks. In this paper, we investigate how organizational risk translations is linked to the enactment of responsibilities for modern slavery in supply chains. Similar to risk translation, responsibility enactment is a socially constructed process that takes place within and among organizations. More specifically, the way organizations construct their own risks related to modern slavery in supply chains can inform us to about the extent that responsibility for the underlying risk object is attributed, accepted, and delineated. Our analysis focuses on the 2015 ‘modern slavery crisis’ in the Thai seafood industry, that posed an imminent and devastating threat of an export ban of Thai Seafood to the European Union. Despite the momentum that was generated by the crisis, sadly a piecemeal and fragmented approach failed to address precarious and exploitative working conditions for workers in fishing in a sustainable way.
Keywords: Modern slavery, risks, responsibility, supply chains