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We present supplytrace.org, the first open-access platform to expose forced labor risks in global supply chains. In our recently launched pilot, we focus on the apparel sector links between forced labor in the Uyghur Region of China and shipments to the U.S. We conduct machine learning on millions of shipments and connect them to potential origins of known forced labor research, as discovered by expert human investigators. Much of the risk and trade data currently available in Supply Trace exists elsewhere, but access is limited by costly paywalls. This makes it prohibitive to many stakeholders in global supply chains, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), researchers, and civil society organizations. By democratizing access to information on risks within global supply chains, our hope is that abuses will be remediated, resulting in improved supply chain conditions for all. Supplytrace.org is a research project led by Principal Investigator Dr. Shawn Bhimani. It is incubated at Northeastern University with support from a multi-stakeholder Advisory Board, whose expertise spans trade and compliance, human rights law, academia, and technology.

Read more about the presenter, Shawn Bhimani, Ph.D.