We empower decision-makers to end modern slavery.

Who we are

Humanity Research Consultancy (HRC) is a social enterprise. We provide expert supply chain investigation, training and consultancy services to governments, NGOs and corporations. Our local evidence-based insights empower policymakers to end forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking, globally.


Service

We provide research consultancy services, supply chain assessment, and training. Connecting clients to experts from more than 50 countries, we specialise in providing local culturally-sensitive insights, nuanced field investigation and research.

Our services help governments to shape evidence-based policies ending modern slavery. We enable private sector companies to ensure their supply chains are free from extreme human rights abuse too. In many countries, including the UK, businesses of a certain size are required to evidence this by law.


What is modern slavery?

Modern slavery is defined by the UK government as: “The recruitment, movement, harbouring or receiving of children, women or men through the use of force, coercion, abuse of vulnerability, deception or other means for the purpose of exploitation.” Exploitation includes, but is not limited to, sexual exploitation, forced or bonded labour, forced criminality, domestic servitude and the removal of organs.

Ending modern slavery is on the global agenda. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Target 8.7 is to: “Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms.”


Who we have worked with?

We collect data for the UK-registered organisation Fair/Square on its Five Corridors Project. This involves in depth interviews with more than 30 stakeholders, such as government officials, recruitment agencies, and grassroot organisations.

This project aims to enhance understanding of how governments can strengthen regulatory and enforcement mechanisms to address abusive and fraudulent recruitment practices. The result is more positive outcomes for workers.

We work with the UK-based think tank Institute of Development Studies on a participatory research project funded by Winrock International and USAID. The aim is to understand what counts as successful reintegration for survivors of human trafficking, with a focus on Cambodia and Bangladesh. Click here for more project information.

We work with the International Labor Rights Forum on a diagnostic assessment to support the expansion of Seafood Working Group – a global coalition of labour, human rights and environmental organisations working to end labour abuse and forced labour in the global seafood industry.


What our clients say

“Ms. Chiang has provided significant independent support to Human Rights at Sea since 2019. Most notably, this has included enabling state-level engagement in Taiwan through remote and field investigations, written advocacy, and translation skills. Further, she has been able to access trusted connections not just in-country, but also regionally. Ms. Chiang has an impressive ability to professionally influence and access high-level contacts while ensuring the context and nuances of local sectors, language and customs are understood.” 

David Hammond Esq., CEO, Human Rights at Sea

Why HRC?

“Stand with us and other visionary decision-makers to end modern slavery and extreme abuse in supply chains and societies, globally.”

Deeper insights, better solutions

Our modern slavery consultancy, is revolutionising the norm. Unlike other consultancies, we prioritise training and employing researchers who are local to the region we are researching. This means we can reveal locally harvested,  richly nuanced insights that get straight to the heart of issues, and subsequently, craft better solutions for you.

Working with HRC, you will be able to:

  • Understand the specific risk of modern slavery in your supply chain
  • Eliminate the risk of modern slavery in your supply chain, systemically  

Meet your CSR objectives – be part of the systems change the world needs

Modern slavery is a modern day problem. However, it exists because of deeply embedded historical social norms and global inequality. The only way to sustainably end modern slavery, and all the human rights abuses it entails, is to affect systemic change.

Employing locals means we are creating employment in regions with typical high poverty and unemployment rates for young professionals. We’re not just creating any jobs either. Our jobs provide opportunities for these young professionals to apply their local wisdom to issues in their communities about which they care deeply. We empower them to create the change their communities need to see.

Working with HRC, you will achieve your CSR objectives through:

  • Being part of the systems change providing opportunities to local professionals from all over the world, especially from developing countries
  • Supporting HRC as a social enterprise, who invest 50% of our surplus into our social mission

Work with us

We recruit young professionals all over the world to our pool of associates. Strongly committed to investing in our people, we are particularly keen on hearing from people who are familiar with extreme human rights violation in their home country’s supply chain.

  • Are you a young professional who is passionate about alleviating human suffering in your country?
  • Do you have excellent communication and analytical skills?
  • Do you want to contribute to the global effort to end modern slavery?


Team

Mina Chiang, founder, director and senior consultant specialising in modern slavery, human rights, and poverty. Mina has an inter-disciplinary background in engineering, sociology, anthropology and international development. She has consulted in some of the world’s poorest and conflict-affected countries. With research experience in modern slavery, forced labour, and human rights issues across a wide range of UN bodies, governments and NGOs, Mina is becoming a sought after expert. She is also a coordinator and board director for the Rotary Action Group Against Slavery (RAGAS) and a Delta 8.7 Policy Guide working group member.

Simon Stockley, advisor. Simon is a senior faculty member in management practice at Cambridge Judge Business School, a social entrepreneur, and an advocate for trafficked women. Prior to coming to Cambridge, Simon spent ten years at Imperial College Business School as director of the full-time MBA programme. His MBA course in entrepreneurship was ranked 3rd in the world by the Financial Times.

Karen Leigh Anderson, advisor. Karen works with social entrepreneurs to grow and scale businesses that change the world. An experienced professional consultant, Karen has worked with more than 1,000 social enterprises, community organisations, development trusts, community transport organisations, housing associations, co-operatives and charities. She specialises in developing sustainable organisations through innovative methods of growth, franchising/replication and buying profitable private businesses, as well as investment readiness support. She is a Churchill Enterprise Fellow for 2018.


Get in touch!

Humanity Research Consultancy
Brighton, United Kingdom
mina.c@humanity-consultancy.com


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We are glad to have received the UK Enterprise Awards 2021 for being the Best Human Trafficking & Slavery Research Consultancy 2021


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