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Thought Leadership

Cutting-edge research is a cornerstone of the Initiative. When questions arise from the field, we’re here to answer.

Our latest comes from Associate Professor David Nersessian. In Hilton: Combating Human Trafficking in the Hospitality Industry, he explores Hilton’s corporate response to the global problem of human trafficking in the hospitality industry. It outlines Hilton’s responses to date and discusses the company’s human rights policies and forward-looking anti-trafficking initiatives. The case won “Best International Case” from the 2018 Academy of Legal Studies in Business, and has been nominated for several other awards.

Human Freedom Entrepreneurial Leadership Program

Human Freedom Entrepreneurial Leadership Natalie Eliza

The Human Freedom Entrepreneurial Leadership Program aims to train and inspire the next generation of anti-trafficking business leaders and entrepreneurs at the high school level. Through the program, taught in multiple Boston-area schools, students learn to think of entrepreneurial solutions to human trafficking and ultimately craft a strategic business plan to address the issue. Students learn the fundamentals of how to become social entrepreneurs by utilizing Babson’s Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® (ET&A™) teaching method.

RESPECT Initiative

The Responsible and Ethical Private Sector Coalition against Trafficking (RESPECT) is a collaboration of Babson’s Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, IOM, and the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. RESPECT is a platform for the private sector to learn, network, share resources, and adopt anti-trafficking best practices.

Activities include:

  • Webinars
  • Student case competition
  • Research and collaboration
  • Modern Slavery Map, a joint initiative with other anti-trafficking stakeholder organizations to visualize the current field of business and human trafficking
  • Cutting-edge Resource Portal

Tech Against Trafficking

As just one part of the RESPECT Initiative’s research collaborations, Tech Against Trafficking is a coalition of technology companies collaborating with global experts to help eradicate human trafficking using technology.

BT, Nokia, Microsoft,, Amazon, and AT&T are the companies in this growing coalition. First stage planning and projects for 2018: research and understand ways in which technology is currently being used to address and facilitate human trafficking; develop a strategy informed by the research analysis and stakeholder engagement; publicly share research findings and strategic next steps; and facilitate the ongoing public and expert dialogue around the role of technology in human trafficking.

Social Innovation Fellow

This fellowship is available to bring anti-trafficking leaders to share lessons, foster connections, and further build networks from the field to inspire the next generation within the Babson community and beyond.