Survivors of modern slavery report positive life changes through employment in Cambodia factory

A new study by the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab has found a link between employment at Outland Denim’s manufacturing facilities in Cambodia and a ‘freedom dividend’ for formerly enslaved young women and their peers.

In a world-first case study and report assessing the fashion brand’s factory workforce, modern slavery expert and Rights Lab Research Director Professor Kevin Bales identifies the effects that the company’s socially responsible business model is having on its employees.

The report is particularly relevant to the fashion industry and wider business community as the United Nations asks governments and businesses to ‘build back better’ in the wake of COVID-19. Outland Denim and the Rights Lab aim to demonstrate to industry the global benefits of impact-led business, further encourage businesses to identify risks of modern slavery in their supply chains, and encourage governments to prioritise legislation that further supports the eradication of modern slavery.

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