In 2016, the Walk Free Foundation and WikiRate partnered to assess companies’ response to the UK’s 2015 Modern Slavery Act. To this end, both organizations developed a set of metrics on the UK Modern Slavery Act Research Project whereby students and non-expert researchers can contribute to the assessment.
The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre has recently joined in this partnership. Through this broader collaboration, additional research metrics will be added to the project, followed by sector specific publications that will be released throughout the year to address sectoral disclosure patterns.
Universities from around the world participated in the initial metric testing and are conducting the research on an ongoing basis. So far, the project has engaged more than 700 students from universities worldwide. Such engagement has resulted in the collaborative assessment of over 500 company statements.
In 2018, the data and analysis were used by the Walk Free Foundation to advise governments around the world to adopt and improve anti-modern slavery legislations.Through this project, the WikiRate community contributed to twelve country studies in the 2018 Global Slavery Index, which you can read here.
The Australian Modern Slavery Bill, passed in November, 2018, is a great example of reforms that are shaped by systematic legislative monitoring and the identification of best practices.
The UK Modern Slavery Act research project is an ongoing effort that will assess modern slavery statements year-on-year. If you are a university teacher who wants to take part in the MSA research do get in touch.