– Deadline: 15 August, 2017 –
The Stop Slavery Award is an initiative from the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The Award recognizes the “best in class” of the corporate sector: companies that are leading the fight against modern slavery in their supply chains. Conferred for the first time in November 2016 at the annual Trust Conference, the Award honors corporations that go above and beyond their peers in the effort to eradicate forced labor, the worst forms of child labor, and other forms of slavery.
The Stop Slavery Award aims to create a virtuous cycle or positive paradigm by demonstrating that businesses can indeed play a critical role in stopping the tragedy of modern slavery worldwide.
Slavery is illegal everywhere. Yet, slavery NGO Walk Free estimates that there are currently 45.8 million people trapped in modern slavery in the world today. This is the largest number of slaves in history.
The global demand for cheap labor is fueling the slave trade. Market forces create both the supply and the demand for slaves. This is why corporations need to take the lead in the fight.
The Stop Slavery Award helps guide consumers’ and customers’ decisions on what goods they decide to buy or use, and raise awareness about the issues of forced labor, the worst forms of child labor, and other forms of modern slavery, inspiring more companies to investigate and improve the working conditions of those at the bottom of their supply chains.
The organizers have chosen to use the term ‘slavery’ for the purposes of the Award to fully encapsulate both the UK Modern Slavery Act’s ‘modern slavery’ definition and the US Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) ‘trafficking in persons’ definition, which include all forms of slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labor, human trafficking, and child labor. Examples of ‘slavery’ include the following, with the full definition available at Annex A of the downloadable version of the questions HERE.
The 2016 winners were presented with an Anish Kapoor sculpture at the Trust Women Conference on November 30, 2016, and received the right to use the Stop Slavery Award logo for one year.
The display of the logo will help guide consumer decisions and contribute to raising cross-sector awareness on the issue of forced labour, encouraging more companies to take similar action in addressing unfair and illegal labour practices in their own supply chains.