Professional & Continuing Studies

Risks of Human Trafficking and Slavery for Supply Chain Professionals

The University of Delaware’s Socially Responsible and Sustainable Business short course addresses an important issue faced by businesses and provides a training tool to address regulatory requirements efficiently and affordably. Combining research-based content with real-world knowledge, the course is offered 100% online and can be taken anytime, anywhere.

Retailers and manufacturers need a time-efficient, concise and globally available learning resource for sourcing managers to gain experience about human trafficking and slavery in supply chains, both for their own corporate social responsibility goals and to comply with the California law. This online short course provides foundational knowledge and skills using scenarios modified from actual business cases.

  • Be aware of human trafficking and slavery in supply chains.
  • Identify human trafficking and slavery risks in company supply chains.
  • Support prevention and mitigation efforts when human trafficking and slavery is suspected.

The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (SB 657) requires retailers and manufacturers doing business in California to publicly declare their efforts to train company employees and management on human trafficking and slavery in supply chains.

Enrollment for this course is only available to companies that have previously purchased it. For more information, please contact Vic Wang at

Innovative training provider

The course is offered jointly by the University of Delaware and The Cahn Group, LLC, a corporate responsibility consultancy.

Over 4,800 supply chain professionals from 39 countries have successfully completed one of UD’s Socially Responsible and Sustainable Business short courses, and 124 companies have used a course to train their employees in industries including apparel, footwear, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, retail, biotech, food processing, jewelry, packaging, telecommunications and electronics. The University of Delaware is the only on-demand online training provider on the topic of human trafficking and compliance.

Course creators and instructors

  • Marsha Dickson, Ph.D., a leading authority on corporate responsibility in supply chains
  • Doug Cahn, a 20-plus-year veteran of corporate responsibility programs

Marsha Dickson, Ph.D., Irma Ayers Professor of Human Services
Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies, University of Delaware

Marsha Dickson is Irma Ayers Professor of Human Services in the University of Delaware’s Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies and co-director of the Sustainable Apparel Initiative at the University of Delaware. Dickson is internationally known for her research and teaching on social responsibility in the apparel industry. She is lead author of the book Social Responsibility in the Global Apparel Industry and has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics, and Journal of Fashion Marketing & Management. Dickson is president of the international consortium Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Business. She is also an executive member of the board of directors of the Fair Labor Association, a non-governmental organization originally formed by President Clinton to improve working conditions in factories around the world. In 2009, Dickson was recognized for her academic and industry contributions in social responsibility with the All Star Award from Apparel Magazine. At the University of Delaware, she spearheaded creation of UD’s online, graduate certificate in Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business.

Doug Cahn, President
The Cahn Group, LLC

Doug Cahn is principal of The Cahn Group and has been a leader in designing and implementing labor standards programs in supply chains for over a decade and a half. Cahn developed and managed the Reebok Human Rights Production Standards and its program of implementation, the first such program in the athletic footwear industry. During his 15-year tenure at Reebok, he hired, trained and managed a global team of professional monitors and CSR (corporate social responsibility) practitioners. As part of his responsibilities, he developed a code of conduct along with a set of compliance benchmarks to guide their implementation, acquired knowledge of labor laws in key producing countries, monitored factories on three continents and then trained professionals to undertake those tasks. He is responsible for numerous best-practice initiatives including creating a child-labor free soccer ball factory in Sialkot, Pakistan, worker participation schemes, including the democratic elections of worker representatives in several China factories, and a variety of training and capacity building programs. He is a regular guest lecturer at forums on labor issues facing global supply chains and has published numerous articles in print and online publications on workplace topics. Cahn has personally led or participated in training sessions in Turkey, Mexico, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Bangkok, Indonesia, India, the US, France, UK, Spain, Macao, Japan and Korea. In addition to his work at The Cahn Group, he is president of Clear Voice, an initiative that builds better communication systems for workers and managers in factories. He is co-founder of Fair Factories Clearinghouse, a nonprofit initiative of global retail companies, consumer brands and retail trade associations dedicated to creating a system for managing and sharing information about workplace conditions. He is a member of the board of Verité, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization dedicated to humanizing the global workplace. He is also a member of the advisory board of GoodWeave, an organization that works to end illegal child labor in the carpet industry and to offer educational opportunities to children in South Asia.

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