Now in its second year, the Award recognises businesses that have set a gold standard in efforts to eradicate forced labour from their supply chains. Winners will be announced at the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s annual human rights conference, Trust Conference, on November 15, in London.
Adidas, Walmart, Nestlé and Barclays Plc are amongst the biggest global brands selected from a number of applicants spanning clothing and food retailers to hospitality companies. 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 last year’s 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):