Find out more about the new Stop Slavery Hero Award

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.

This year, the Stop Slavery Award accepted applications in two different categories: Service Companies and Goods Companies.

Building on feedback from companies over the past two years, we have developed a simplified questionnaire and have made two versions – one for each of the categories. The questions are designed to highlight best practices relating to corporate commitment, performance, transparency and risk mitigation.

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.

Find out more about the award below:

Applying for the Award

The submission period will open soon, please email for further details.

There are two different versions of the questionnaire – one for Service Companies and the other for Goods Companies.

“Service Companies" are those that sell services or intangible goods and products and do not rely on manufacturing or industrial processes in their supply chain and operations.

Service Company Application

“Goods Companies" are companies that have commodities, or manufacturing, production or industrial processes in their supply chains or operations, or otherwise rely on manual labor.

For the avoidance of doubt, all companies that are not Service Companies are considered Goods Companies for the purposes of this Award.

Goods Company Application

For further information please contact the Stop Slavery Award team at

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Submit your application

The submission period will open soon. If you interested to hear more on this initiative, please email

2018 Shortlisted Candidates

For the third annual Stop Slavery Award, Apple, Unilever and Thai Union are amongst the biggest global brands shortlisted from a number of high-profile companies representing a range of industries from fashion to financial services to fossil fuels. Winners will be announced at the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s annual human rights conference, Trust Conference, on November 14 2018, in London. The winning companies will receive 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.

Uplift Worldwide, developed a decision matrix to assess the submissions. Using the decision matrix, they 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. Know the Chain Benchmarking Methodology, Business Authentication Criteria).

Based on overall scores, 6 companies demonstrated leading practices with evidence of implementation. These 6 leading companies constituted the shortlist for the Judging Board's review for the 2018 Stop Slavery Award (in alphabetical order):

Outland Denim
Standard Chartered PLC
Thai Union Group PLC
See previous Shortlisted Candidates



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At the 2018 Awards

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Award Ceremony with Monique Villa and Anish Kapoor

Panel discussion

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This year’s 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 Recipient & Children's Rights Activist

Patricia Viseur Sellers

International Criminal Lawyer

Kevin Hyland

Former UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

Kenneth Roth

Executive Director, Human Rights Watch

Monique Villa

Author, 'Slaves Among Us'

John Ruggie

Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government



The submission period will open soon, please email for further details.

This year we launch the inaugural Stop Slavery Hero Award.

The Hero Award recognises individuals who have had a significant impact in the fight to eradicate slavery – whether on the front lines, or at a global scale.


The Hero Award involves a two stage application process.

Stage 1: A professional contact provides a reference explaining how the nominee demonstrates integrity and courage in their efforts to combat slavery and how they have had a tangible impact at a local or global level. The Hero Award is open to individuals only. References may be given by organisations, though the entrant for the Hero Award may only be an individual.

Stage 2: If the nominee has been longlisted, they will be contacted and invited to enter Stage 2 of the competition, which involves providing details on the challenges they are working to solve and the impact they have had on their intended beneficiaries.

The winner(s) of the Hero Award will be invited to attend the Stop Slavery Awards ceremony which will take place at Trust Conference on 14 November 2018, when the winner(s) will be announced publicly.

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