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HRDD Forum: Covid-19 and Value Chains: Three recent studies

Date: 9 September 2021

Time: 14:00 - 15:30 (UK time)

Venue: Online


Event Details

At this thematic session, speakers will present their recent findings on the impact of Covid-19 in value chains, all the way from the agricultural fields, through the garment supply chain to the end use of medical products.

Dr Oana Burcu, Research Fellow in Human Trafficking and Migration at Nottingham Rights Lab, will present a recent study led for the UK Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre (MS PEC), which examines worsening conditions of migrant workers in the UK agri-food industry during the pandemic.

Penelope Kyritsis will present another recent multi-partnership study undertaken for the MS PEC, which examines how the pandemic has affected vulnerability to forced labour in the garment sector in four case study countries: Honduras, India, Ethiopia and Myanmar.

Professor Duncan Fairgrieve, Director of the BIICL Product Liability Forum, will present research he has undertaken with a group of experts on the protection of consumers relating to product liability for medical products, including vaccines. The research considers the risks involved in the manufacturing of emergency products, as well as the effectiveness of comparative legal models.


Lise Smit, Senior Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights, BIICL


  • Dr Oana Burcu, Research Fellow in Human Trafficking and Migration at Nottingham Rights Lab
  • Duncan Fairgrieve, Senior Research Fellow in Comparative Law & Director, Product Liability Forum, BIICL
  • Penelope Kyritsis, Director of Strategic Research, Worker Rights Consortium


This is a a closed meeting, open only to members of the Human Rights Due Diligence Forum (HRDD). HRDD Forum members wishing to attend can register by emailing the Events team.

CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 1.5 CPD hours.


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