Modern Slavery Statements and Leading UK Hotel Companies

Jones, Peter ORCID: 0000-0002-9566-9393 and Comfort, Daphne (2021) Modern Slavery Statements and Leading UK Hotel Companies. Athens Journal of Tourism, 8 (3). pp. 147-162. doi:10.30958/ajt.8-3-1

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Modern slavery is an insidious problem in many sectors of the global economy, and it is widely perceived to be commonplace in the hospitality industry. However modern slavery has received little attention in the academic hospitality literature and this paper looks to explore one of the ways in which leading hotel companies in the UK have publicly addressed the issue by reviewing their modern slavery statements. The paper adopts a simple methodological approach to review, and offer some reflections on, the modern slavery statements of seven of the leading hotel companies within the UK. The findings revealed that six interlinked themes, namely corporate commitment; risk areas; due diligence; awareness and training; audit; and performance measures; illustrated the seven companies’ approach to tackling modern slavery. The authors also suggested that the hotel companies’ approaches to modern slavery were expectational and that there were concerns about the scope of the auditing processes employed by the hotel companies and by the limited public reporting of their attempts to tackle modern slavery as part of their approach to corporate social responsibility.

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Article Type: Article
Additional Information: Volume DOI: 10.30958/ajt/v8i3. ATINER does not require the transfer of any copyright, but permission must be asked if the paper is to be used for commercial purposes. The authors retain the full intellectual property rights of their paper and it can be used for any educational or research purpose, without the written permission from ATINER.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD2321 Industry
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5387 Business Ethics
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2021 10:30
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:55

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