Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

Mercy Tochukwu Christopher's research

Mercy studied modern slavery, climate change, and environmental degradation in the ICT supply chain

The nexus between modern slavery, climate change, and environmental degradation in the ICT supply chain

Until recently, global response to climate change and modern slavery have approached both phenomena from different angles. Prior scientific research has concentrated on the impact of anthropogenic GHG emissions on climate change, while human rights research and policy debate focused on the human rights of individuals and vulnerable groups. In recent years, however, “climate change and modern slavery [have] emerged as concurrent crises” continually shaping one another. The clamour for companies to embrace sustainability initiatives has elicited some responses aimed at addressing modern slavery and climate change in a company’s operations and supply chains. In their present state, however, these responses by companies in the ICT supply chains are inadequate and yet to reflect the causal nexus between both issues. Acknowledging this, this report aims to examine this nexus and give room for measures that incorporate strategies from the two fields in addressing their human rights impacts. 

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The transition to a low-carbon economy, has birthed a surge in the demand for green-energy technology. As revolutionary as clean energy is, the human and environmental impact is devastating and is projected to worsen with the increase in demand for minerals largely sourced from fragile countries in the Global South. 

Mercy Christopher

Human Rights

  • Nigeria
  • Postgraduate Scholar

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