Founded in 2006, the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE) is a research unit based at the University of Hull. Bringing together experts in humanities, law, and social sciences, the Institute aims to tackle slavery in today’s societies through research and learning.
In 2015 we commissioned a specialist group at WISE, which included researchers, social auditors and hands-on business advisers all with direct experience of dealing with forced labour, debt bondage, human trafficking, and smuggling in supply chains, to conduct an independent assessment on high risk areas of our business. The WISE specialists have devised a comprehensive framework which utilises desk research, interviews, and site visits. You can find the methodology here.
Initially WISE focused on areas such as logistics and distribution warehouses, and suppliers of cleaning and security services but have since increased this work and are now reviewing our fresh produce and farmed fish supply chains.