In this ongoing series, activists, business executives, government officials, lawyers, academics, and other experts from around the world share topical and current stories of businesses impacting people in their everyday lives. Developed by the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), this series elevates the range of voices – governments, businesses, and civil society – in the discussion on how to make human rights part of everyday business.
Andrew Stephens and Simon Bennett on Delivering on Seafarers’ Rights
This Day of the Seafarer podcast brings together Andrew Stephens of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), and Simon Bennett of Swire Shipping to reflect on the ongoing maritime crew change crisis and wider human rights issues among the world’s 1.6 million seafarers.
In conversation with IHRB's Francesca Fairbairn, they discuss the impact on seafarers of being unable to disembark ships, sometimes for many months beyond the end of their contract, due to national government-imposed COVID port restrictions.
Emily Kenway on The Truth About Modern Slavery
In this episode of Voices, Emily Kenway talks to Neill Wilkins about her book, ‘The Truth About Modern Slavery’ which describes patterns of exploitation for workers and also challenges, some of the assumptions and frames of reference we use to describe and prevent modern slavery.
Chrik Poortman and Maria da Graça Prado on Corruption in Infrastructure
In this conversation, Annabel Short talks with Christiaan (Chrik) Poortman and Maria da Graça Prado of CoST - the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative.
Chrik and Maria share the challenges they face in this work, and what motivates them. They describe the specific ways that effective community engagement is key to reducing corruption and building sustainable infrastructure, and the importance of local and investigative media. They provide insights on the challenges that arise in contexts of crisis and rapid-response such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need for deep ongoing anti-corruption work over time. This will be all the more important as many governments scale up their infrastructure investments to rebuild their economies.
Felicitas Weber on Benchmarking Responsible Recruitment
In this episode of Voices, Felicitas Weber, Project Manager at Know the Chain talks to Neill Wilkins (IHRB’s Head of Migrant Workers Programme) about the importance of ranking company efforts to ensure responsible recruitment to prevent exploitation of workers.
Francesca Mangano on Addressing the Crew Change Crisis
In this episode of Voices, IHRB's Francesca Fairbairn speaks to Francesca Mangano of TFG London about the company’s efforts to address the crew change issue.
Francesca discusses TFG’s journey from its steep learning curve on its maritime logistics to ensuring that all vessels carrying its cargo have International Transport Workers’ Federation agreements in place, and encouraging its maritime partners to accept the IMO Industry Recommended Framework of Protocols. The case study is included in a new guidance from the UN Global Compact: Maritime Human Rights Risks and The Covid-19 Crew Change Crisis - A Tool to Support Human Rights Due Diligence, to which IHRB has contributed.
James Cockayne on The Sustainable Development Case for Ending Modern Slavery
In this episode of Voices IHRB Head of Migrant Workers programme Neill Wilkins talks to Professor James Cockayne the report’s lead author about the long term impacts of slavery on development and the factors embedded within global value chains that maintain the status quo.