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):