Call for New Academic Partners for 2020 - Modern Slavery Research Project


We invite educators to engage their classroom students in the UK Modern Slavery Act Research Project, a partnership between WikiRate, the Minderoo’s Walk Free Initiative and the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre.

This project helps students to develop their analytical skills through the careful examination of corporate modern slavery statements. The assignment requires them to look for specific pieces of information to understand what companies are doing to combat modern slavery in their supply chains, and how different companies communicate this to the public.

Over the past three years, the project has engaged 800 students, collectively assessing over 1,000 company statements, and adding a total of 19,703 data points to our open data platform about companies’ performance.

In 2018, Walk Free used the project’s data to advise governments around the world to adopt and improve modern slavery legislations. Through this project, the WikiRate community contributed to twelve Global Slavery Index country studies.

Our most recent publication ‘Beyond Compliance in the Hotel Sector: A Review of UK Modern Slavery Act Statements’ focuses on the hotel sector and provides a tailored analysis of the statements and their quality as well as recommendations to governments and companies. The report will be shared at relevant forums such as the Sustainable Tourism Asia 2019 and the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights 2019 in Geneva.

Contact us here by 15 January 2020, to express your interest in getting your university and students involved for your next semester.

Please do not hesitate to share this information with colleagues who you think would be interested in participating.