The Stop Slavery Awards will recognize the companies that are leading the fight against slavery in their supply chains.
Slavery is illegal everywhere. Yet, slavery NGO Walk Free estimates that there are currently 35.8 million people trapped in modern slavery. This is the biggest number of slaves in history. The global demand for cheap labor is fuelling the slave trade. Market forces create both the supply and the demand for slaves. This is why major brands need to take the lead in the fight.
The Stop Slavery Award is a new initiative by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The Award, created by the artist Anish Kapoor, intends to recognize the ‘best in class’ of the corporate sector, companies that are leading the fight against slavery in their supply chains. To be conferred for the first time in November 2016, the Award will honor corporations in different industries that have gone above and beyond their responsibilities in the effort to eradicate forced labor.
The Stop Slavery Award aims to create a virtuous cycle, a positive paradigm to demonstrate that businesses can indeed play a critical role in stopping the tragedy of modern day slavery and forced labor worldwide. It will award companies in a few key sectors where slavery is still rampant.
What help is needed
- Spread the word - In early 2016 we will release criteria for the Stop Slavery Awards and open applications. Please share with your company and clients so we can showcase leading efforts to stop slavery.
- Review the criteria – The criteria will be designed to establish the standards on how corporates embed procedures to limit the risk of slavery in their supply chains into their businesses, behaviour and operations.
- Nominate your company – If your company is taking steps to reduce the incidences of forced labour in the supply chain, we invite you to apply for the 2016 inaugural Stop Slavery Award.
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