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Business Ethics, CSR and Governance research cluster

Questions regarding the proper role of business and governance have never been more important.

From the high-profile scandals splashed across the front pages, to the tragedies occurring in far-flung supply chains, the actions of organisations can have a profound impact on countries, communities and individuals.

In a global climate of political uncertainty it is of vital importance that we understand the potential of businesses to do harm and identify the many ways in which the power of private actors can be leveraged to do good.

Who we are and what we do

The Business Ethics, CSR and Governance research cluster is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary group which works on issues relating to the impact of business and organisations on society.

Our members come from a range of academic backgrounds including management, accounting, marketing, criminology and computer science, and our diversity allows us to approach our research with creativity and an open mind. To this end, we work on collaborative, innovative research projects and host events designed to facilitate open discussions with a breadth of stakeholders on important, current issues.

The skills and expertise within the cluster also inform the cutting edge teaching practices of Middlesex University.


If you are interested in the work of the Business Ethics, CSR and Governance research cluster or attending one of our regular meetings, please find us on Twitter @EthicsCSRGov or email:

We encourage participation and input from a wide range of stakeholders within academia and beyond.

  • Our featured research

    • Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Violence against Women services by Migrant Workers in Malaysia

      Project details: Available via MDX Minds
      Staff involved: Tim Freeman and Lilian Miles (external member)

      Funded by UN Women, this £12,000 project involves working with UNWOMEN, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to deliver a Strategy Paper on women migrant workers’ SRH and VAWMW needs which will inform the drafting of Malaysia’s 12th National Development Plan (2021-2025).

      The adoption of recommendations in our Strategy Paper will also influence Malaysia’s progression toward meeting its obligations under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #5: ‘Gender Equality’.

      The team have also been awarded £150,000 by the Newton Fund Impact Scheme (British Council). Focused on women migrant workers, the project draws together researchers from Westminster University (Lilian Miles), Middlesex University (Tim Freeman) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (Noraida Endut) together with health care providers, NGOs and employers to design, pilot and evaluate three sexual and reproductive health (SRH) interventions in two factories in Malaysia. The research applies theory-based evaluation techniques to identify the programme-logic of interventions and extent to which they yield expected benefits.

    • Rethinking Fashion Design Entrepreneurship: Fostering Sustainable Practices

      Staff involved: Patrick Elf, Fergus Lyon, Ian Vickers, Andrea Werner

      Researchers from CEEDR, as part of a cross-university research consortium, have won a grant of close to £450K from the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to investigate the role of creative entrepreneurship and design in micro and small fashion enterprises (MSEs) as a potential driver for a more sustainable fashion industry.

      The research will analyse existing and novel business models and practices in the fashion sector that foster a balance between environmental, social, cultural and economic considerations. The project aims to identify barriers and points of intervention in order to develop alternative business support mechanisms for sustainability to inform fashion businesses at both small and larger scales.

    • Transparency and Disclosure in Supply Chains: Modern Slavery and Worker Voice

      Staff Involved: Sepideh Parsa, Ian Roper, Chandima Hettiarachchi

      This project aims to establish an overview of how the largest companies listed on the London Stock Exchange report in compliance with the Modern Slavery Act (2015, section 54: the Transparency in supply chains) (MSA).

      In an attempt to raise corporate accountability, the MSA identifies labour and human rights issues and outlines non-mandatory reporting options with a view to elevate companies’ understanding of the complexities in their supply chains. Initially, this project will identify and set out the challenges and complexities faced by reporting companies by highlighting the extent and nature of what companies have/have-not reported in accordance with the mandatory/non-mandatory aspects of the Act.

      It is envisaged that the project will contribute to the Government’s ongoing work on the MSA, in particular to the calls for a template for reporting companies and for an online central government-run reporting service that will clearly outline minimum statutory reporting requirements.

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