American multi-national information technology Hewlett Packard Enterprise is the winner in the ‘Transparency and Response to Challenge’ category of the Award.
The judges recognized HPE as having a long-standing commitment to seeking expert input. In particular, the judges found that HPE openly engaged with outside parties on risks it had identified in its supply chain. Additionally, the company hosted a series of anti-human trafficking workshops with suppliers and labour agencies from Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand after recognizing a growing risk of forced labour among foreign migrant workers, particularly in South East Asia. HPE also collaborated with leading companies and expert organizations to promote ethical recruitment and combat the exploitation of migrant workers in global supply chains.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Hewlett Packard Enterprise John Schultz, received the Award on behalf of Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman.
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.
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.
The 2016 Stop Slavery Award Judging Board (below) brought together some of the world’s highest-profile leaders in the fight against slavery.
The 2017 Stop Slavery Award Judging Board will be announced shortly.
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 conceptualisation of the award below:
For the first Stop Slavery Award in 2016, we received submissions from companies representing 10 industries ranging from seafood to extractives and headquarters in 11 different countries, including Thailand and Nepal.
The companies responded to the Stop Slavery questionnaire, which was produced with the help of global law firm Baker & McKenzie and the best specialists of the supply chain. The questionnaire segmented questions into eight key categories: corporate commitment & reporting, performance measurement, business partner engagement, training, risk assessment, business authentication, investigation & remediation, and leadership & innovation.
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, 10 companies demonstrated leading practices with evidence of implementation. These 10 leading companies constituted the shortlist for the Judging Board's review for the 2016 Stop Slavery Award (in alphabetical order):