Modern Slavery Statements and the UK's Largest Housebuilding Companies: An Exploratory Research Paper

Jones, Peter ORCID: 0000-0002-9566-9393 and Comfort, Daphne (2022) Modern Slavery Statements and the UK's Largest Housebuilding Companies: An Exploratory Research Paper. Property Management, 40 (5). pp. 658-670. doi:10.1108/PM-06-2021-0043

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Purpose: Modern slavery has been identified as a problem in the construction industry but the issue has received very limited attention in the academic literature. This exploratory paper looks to explore one of the ways in which the UK’s largest housebuilding companies have publicly addressed the issue by reviewing their modern slavery statements. Methodology/Approach: The paper adopts a simple methodological approach to review the modern slavery statements of the largest housebuilding companies within the UK, and offers some reflections on these statements. Findings: The findings identified a number of policy and practice responses which characterised the selected housebuilding companies’ approaches to modern slavery. The companies’ approaches to modern slavery statements were seen to aspirational, and perhaps best described as a work in progress. Limitations: The authors recognise that the paper has a number of limitations. The empirical material for the review is drawn exclusively from the corporate websites of the selected housebuilding companies at a set point in time, and does not include any primary information supplied by, or obtained from, the companies’ executives, managers or employees, or any information obtained from the companies’ contractors, subcontractors or suppliers Originality: The paper offers an exploratory review of the modern slavery statements published by the largest housebuilding companies within the UK. As such the review makes a small contribution to addressing a gap in the academic literature on modern slavery within the housebuilding industry, and will hopefully stimulate future research in the field.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Modern Slavery; Modern Slavery Statements; UK Housebuilding Companies; Construction Industry; Research Challenges
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD2321 Industry
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2022 15:01
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2023 10:48

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