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ReSAurSE - Reviewing social auditing practices to combat exploitative brockering in Southern Europe

ReSAurSE - Reviewing social auditing practices to combat exploitative brockering in Southern Europe
General presentation:

Project Reference: HOME/2012/ISEC/AG/THB/4000003932

Contract Type: Collaborative project (generic)

Start Date: 01-06-2013

End Date: 30-11-2014

Duration: 18 months

Project Cost: 379.831, 83 euros

Project Funding: 339.113,86 euros


Reviewing social auditing practices to combat exploitative brokering in Southern Europe (ReSAurSE) is an 18-months EU-funded project led by the University of Coimbra. The project aims to contribute to trafficking prevention and victim identification and referral by combating exploitative brokering practices through social auditing. It proceeds from the premise that social auditing can significantly contribute to the success of efforts not only against trafficking for labour exploitation, but also against less investigated forms of THB such as trafficking for the purposes of forced/exploitative marriages and inter-country adoptions.


- 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 organizations in trafficking prevention efforts through social auditing and the development of private-sector certification programs as a means of boosting social responsibility.


-The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (UK)

-European Institute for Local Development (Greece)

-University of Vanili Alecsandri of Bacau (Romenia)

-Institute of Child Health (Greece)

-Associazioni fra gli Artigiani e le Piccole e Medie Imprese della Provincia di Terni (Italy)

Planned actions:

1. Research on exploitative brokering practices:

A multidisciplinary team will conduct a study of exploitative brokering practices, which will focus on labor brokerage, inter-country adoption brokerage and marriage brokerage. The study will consist of a gap analysis of relevant legislative and regulatory frameworks and a study of brokering service users, including recruitment practices, motivations for resorting to brokering, and victim’s experiences.

2. Research on social auditing in the EU.

This activity will examine the current social auditing practices to identify and consolidate best practice in identifying victims and addressing THB.

3. Dissemination.

This activity will start at the launch of the project and continue through its completion. In the beginning, it will take the form of general awareness-raising to boost project visibility. In particular, a stakeholder network will start being developed to raise project awareness, to facilitate access to research respondents, to reach out to prospective end users of the tools, and to promote these tools following the project completion. Halfway through the project implementation the awareness-raising efforts will acquire an online dimension through the launch of a website that will document the project progress in particular by posting study findings, and subsequently the Handbook and the Pocket Manual (the latter two also to be printed for dissemination to relevant stakeholders). Finally, the website will host the online version of the eLearning course that will be open for free enrollment to all those interested.


Social Auditing Handbook for Anti-Trafficking as a source of guidance for in-house and third-party auditors

Pocket Manual for social auditors on identification and making appropriate referrals

Training courseware for an eLearning course on Social Auditing for Anti-Trafficking.