Modern Slavery and Working Conditions in the European Trucking Industry: A Growing Threat to Supply Chain Resilience

Ki-Hoon Lee*, Wolfram Groschopf, Andreas Mossyrsch

*Corresponding author for this work

Publication: Chapter in book/Conference proceedingChapter in edited volume


The purpose of this paper is to uncover grey areas of modern slavery and to highlight the key challenges and opportunities of modern slavery and working conditions in European road transport. Under the increasing pressure on modern slavery in supply chains, supply chain managers and researchers have mainly focused on the focal firm and/or a buying firm without considering outsourced suppliers’ activities such as transportation and logistics. To close this gap in the existing literature, the paper presents insights from the transportation and logistics field in the European Union based on an explorative online survey. The results clearly indicate the existence of modern slavery in sub-tier supplier activities in European road transportation: Short-visa holding truck drivers from non-EU Eastern Europe countries are placed in vulnerable positions where they are exploited.
Translated title of the contributionModerne Sklaverei und Arbeitsbedingungen im europäischen Straßengüterverkehr: eine zunehmende Bedrohung für die Resilienz von Wertschöpfungsketten
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSupply Chain Resilience
Subtitle of host publicationInsights from Theory and Practice
EditorsSebastian Kummer, Tina Walkolbinger, Lydia Novoszel, Alexander M. Geske
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-95401-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-95400-0
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sept 2022

Publication series

SeriesSpringer Series in Supply Chain Management

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