ReSAurSE: Reviewing social auditing practices to combat exploitative brokering in Southern Europe.
The DG Home Affairs of the European Commission, Prevention of and Fight against Crime (ISEC) Programme has commissioned a partnership of independent organisations to review social auditing practices to combat exploitative brokering in Southern Europe.
Who is doing the project?
The partnership is made up of the following organisations:
- Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Coimbra (PT): Project Lead;
- The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (UK): Methodological Lead;
- Centre for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Department of Mental Health and Social Welfare Institute (GR);
- European Institute for Local Development (GR);
- Bacau University (RO);
- Confartigianato Imprese Terni (IT).
ContextRESAurSE contributes to trafficking prevention and victim identification and referral by combating exploitative brokering practices through social auditing. It proceeds from that premise that social auditing significantly contribute to the success of efforts not only against trafficking for labor exploitation, but also against less investigated forms of THB such as trafficking for the purpose of forced marriages and inter-country adoptions.
ObjectivesOn a more specific level, the project pursues the following objectives:
- To raise awareness of the role of exploitative brokering practices in trafficking in human beings
- To present a clear picture of brokering practices involving EU-based actors from a multidisciplinary perspective and to identify problem areas that can be addressed through social auditing as well as regulatory action
- To identify and consolidate best practice in the area of social auditing in the EU
- To build capacity of social auditors by equipping them with practical tools and training
- To support organisations in trafficking prevention efforts through social auditing and the development of private-sector certification programs as a means of boosting social responsibility
MethodologyWith these objectives in mind, the project will produce the following deliverables:
- A multidisciplinary study of exploitative brokering practices involving EU-based actors
- A study of current social auditing practice in the EU and a compendium of best practice
- A Social Auditing Handbook for Anti-Trafficking as a source of guidance for in-house and third-party auditors and supply chain consultants
- A pocket manual for social auditors on identification and making appropriate referrals
- A stakeholder network to sustain the project impact
- Training courseware for an eLearning course on Social Auditing for Anti-Trafficking