Slave to fashion: how to tackle modern slavery in the fashion industry
- From: Wednesday 5 May 2021, 12.30 pm
- To: Wednesday 5 May 2021, 2 pm
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Dr Amy Benstead is a Lecturer in Fashion Management at The University of Manchester. She holds a PhD in Management Science from Lancaster University Management School and is a member of the European Operations Management Association (EurOMA). She has considerable knowledge and international experience gained in the fashion industry, most recently as Senior Merchandise Manager based in Istanbul, Turkey at global sourcing company Li & Fung where her main responsibilities included managing the sourcing and production for major UK fashion retailers. Her research interests include Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Global Sourcing, with a particular focus on Modern Slavery.
Modern slavery is an important global social issue, which is affecting the fashion industry given that the growing demand for cheap, fast fashion can lead to worker exploitation. In this talk Dr Amy Benstead will provide an overview of her Modern Slavery research. Amy has conducted action research in the textiles and fashion industry and her discussion will include her research published in International Journal of Operations and Product Management (winner of a 2019 Emerald Literati Award). This investigates collaboration amongst brands and retailers in response to modern slavery legislation. Additionally, Amy will discuss her recent 2020 Production Planning & Control publication focussing on the detection and remediation of modern slavery. Findings are presented from a first-hand account of the detection process in South East Asia.
This lecture will take place via Microsoft Teams and will be hosted by Professor Tony Kent.
Attendance at this event is free and online registration is not required. For any queries, please contact Dr Iryna Kuksa.