Multi-national sportswear manufacturer adidas is the winner of the ‘Outstanding Achiever’ award.
The Judging Board unanimously agreed that adidas had excelled in every judging category. In particular, its submission stood out in the Transparency and Industry Action and Robust Practices Initiatives categories.
adidas was praised for leading a number of corporate engagement initiatives. The judges also commended the transparency of its audits, and its strong responsible sourcing guidelines, as well as its robust tools to trace higher-risk supply chains.
The award was presented to Aditi Wanchoo – Development Partnerships Social & Environmental Affairs, APAC at Adidas Group.
The Co-operative Group was honoured for having excelled in business partnership engagement and for having demonstrated excellence in supplier engagement and capacity building. It was praised for supporting victims of modern slavery through its “Bright Future” programme, which aims to provide opportunities for employment. In 2017, the programme has offered at least 30 survivors the opportunity of a paid work placement, potentially leading to a job offer.
The award was presented to Pippa Wicks – Deputy CEO of The Co-operative Group.
International fashion retailer C&A was presented with a Stop Slavery Award for going beyond compliance standards in all categories. It was described by the jury as ‘exemplary for the transparency used to address and resolve issues found in its supply chain’. In particular, C&A also stood out for ‘embedding anti-slavery into its overall business practice’.
The award was presented to Jeffrey Hogue – Chief Sustainability Officer and Board Member, C&A Foundation.
US technology company Intel was awarded for its outstanding work in demonstrating and implementing innovation across its programmes. Judges in particular recognised an initiative which leverages the company’s analytics and uses Artificial Intelligence to disrupt child sexual exploitation. This initiative is conducted in partnership with the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. Intel was also honoured for its ‘open discussion of its anti-slavery efforts’. Intel has refused new business with several suppliers who have failed to implement measures to combat slavery.
The award was presented to Julian Lageard - Director of Government Policy EMEA for Intel.