About The Award

The Stop Slavery Award was launched by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, as an action resulting from the 2015 Trust Conference.

The initiative recognises companies that have taken concrete steps to eradicate forced labour from their supply chains. The aim is to create a virtuous cycle, a positive paradigm to demonstrate that business can play a critical role in putting an end to modern-day slavery worldwide.

The Stop Slavery Award gives public recognition to corporations that are 'best in class' at demonstrating integrity, courage and innovation in cleaning their supply chains.

Each year winners are presented with an Anish Kapoor statue at the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s annual human rights conference, Trust Conference. As well as the statue, each winner also receives a licence to use the Stop Slavery Award logo. Please see the Competition rules for further details.

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.

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2017 Winners

This year, the Judging Board chose four winners: Adidas, who were given the additional recognition of being the Outstanding Achiever; C&A; Co-op; and Intel. In addition to these four companies, the Judging Board gave honourable mention to recruitment agency FSI Worldwide for its efforts in preventing slavery through fair and ethical recruitment.

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At the 2017 Awards

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Award Ceremony with Monique Villa and Anish Kapoor

Panel discussion

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Applying for the Award

The submission period for the 2017 Stop Slavery Award has now closed. Details about the 2018 Stop Slavery Award will be announced here soon.

For further information please contact the Stop Slavery Award team at stopslaveryaward@trust.org.

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2017 Shortlisted Candidates

For the second annual Award, Adidas, Walmart, Nestlé and Barclays Plc were amongst the biggest global brands shortlisted from a number of applicants spanning clothing and food retailers to hospitality companies. Winners were announced at the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s annual human rights conference, Trust Conference, on November 15, in London. The winning companies received a sculpture by world-renowned artist Anish Kapoor, as well as the right to use the Stop Slavery Award logo for one year. The artwork, created by Kapoor especially for the initiative, was first unveiled at the inaugural Awards ceremony at the 2016 Trust Women conference.

An independent third party, Melissa Kim, developed a decision matrix to assess the submissions. Using the decision matrix, she compared company responses to an assessment criteria that identified a company's practice as leading, base compliant, or lagging on a scale of 1-10 with individual weighting per question. The assessment criteria was developed using a combination of existing standards (e.g., UK Modern Slavery Act, US Federal Acquisition Requirements) and best practices (e.g.,2016 Know the Chain Benchmarking Methodology, 2016 Business Authentication Criteria).

Based on overall scores, 15 companies demonstrated leading practices with evidence of implementation. These 15 leading companies constituted the shortlist for the Judging Board's review for the 2017 Stop Slavery Award (in alphabetical order):

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The Stop Slavery Award Judging Board (below) brings together some of the world’s highest-profile leaders in the fight against slavery.

Kailash Satyarthi

Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Patricia Viseur Sellers

International Criminal Lawyer

Kevin Hyland

UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

Kenneth Roth

Executive Director, Human Rights Watch

Monique Villa

CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Founder of TrustLaw and Trust Women

About the Prize

The Stop Slavery Award is a sculpture conceived by Anish Kapoor especially for this initiative. The artist first became involved with Trust Women in 2014, when he delivered a keynote speech on the important role art must play in raising public awareness of modern-day slavery.

Anish Kapoor has spent the past two years conceptualising the Award through a number of striking designs that encapsulate the complexity of the issue.

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