The Thomson Reuters Foundation: Inviting Applications for award to recognize the “best in class” of the corporate sector: companies that are leading the fight against modern slavery in their supply chains.

Donor Name: The Thomson Reuters Foundation
Award name: The Stop Slavery Award

Award brief: The Stop Slavery Award is an initiative from the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The Award recognizes the “best in class” of the corporate sector: companies that are leading the fight against modern slavery in their supply chains. Conferred for the first time in November 2016 at the annual Trust Conference, the Award honors corporations that go above and beyond their peers in the effort to eradicate forced labor, the worst forms of child labor, and other forms of slavery.

The Stop Slavery Award aims to create a virtuous cycle or positive paradigm by demonstrating that businesses can indeed play a critical role in stopping the tragedy of modern slavery worldwide.

Slavery is illegal everywhere. Yet, slavery NGO Walk Free estimates that there are currently 45.8 million people trapped in modern slavery in the world today. This is the largest number of slaves in history.

The global demand for cheap labor is fueling the slave trade. Market forces create both the supply and the demand for slaves. This is why corporations need to take the lead in the fight.

The Stop Slavery Award helps guide consumers’ and customers’ decisions on what goods they decide to buy or use, and raise awareness about the issues of forced labor, the worst forms of child labor, and other forms of modern slavery, inspiring more companies to investigate and improve the working conditions of those at the bottom of their supply chains.

They have chosen to use the term ‘slavery’ for the purposes of the Award to fully encapsulate both the UK Modern Slavery Act’s ‘modern slavery’ definition and the US Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) ‘trafficking in persons’ definition, which include all forms of slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labor, human trafficking, and child labor. Examples of ‘slavery’ include the following:
● Forced labor, meaning all work or service that is exacted from any person under the threat of penalty and for which the worker has not offered himself voluntarily (including debt bondage and other forms of servitude);
● Other forms of servitude include any practice by which an individual exerts ownership or control over another in such a way as to significantly deprive that person of his or her use, profit, transfer or disposal; and
● The worst forms of child labor, meaning the ownership, sale, trafficking or forced labor of children; the use, procuring or offering of children for prostitution, pornography or illicit activities; or the use of children in work which, by its nature or the circumstance in which it is carried out, is likely to harm the health, safety or morals of children as a consequence.

Deadline: 13 August 2017

Award details link: http://www.stopslaveryaward.com

Award limit: Not Found
Project start date: N/A
Project duration: N/A
Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: In collaboration with global law firm Baker & McKenzie, and in consultation with leading actors in the anti-slavery space, the Thomson Reuters Foundation has developed a series of questions for nominees to consider. The goal is to recognize those corporations who can be considered “best in class,” based on the policies and the processes they have in place to limit the risk of slavery in their supply chain, as well as on the role they are taking as key agents in the global fight against slavery. Winners will be able to hold up the Stop Slavery Award in their campaigns to articulate their successes in their industries and regions. Companies nominate themselves for the Award. They respond to a series of questions, which are designed to highlight best practices relating to different elements of corporate behavior and transparency, focusing on corporate commitment and reporting, performance measurement, business partner engagement, training, risk assessment, business authentication, and investigation and remediation. These standards are intended to ensure that anti-slavery policies and procedures are embedded throughout nominees’ behavior, operations and supply chains.

Nominees are also asked to respond to questions that allow them to demonstrate how they are a leader in the global fight against slavery: taking an active role in influencing policy, working on high impact antislavery initiatives, and being a thought leader in terms of commercial activities.

A judging board of global leaders, led by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, will select the Stop Slavery Award winners based on the information provided.

As the initiative aims to embed anti-slavery practices at all levels of the supply chain, references will also be sought from business partners within the nominee’s supply chain including at least one independent organization or NGO whose work involves anti-slavery initiatives, as well as a key client or customer where the industry permits.

Submission mail: Not Found

Other important link:
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Award Questions: http://www.stopslaveryaward.com/documents/questionnaire-2017.pdf?v2
● Introduction: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3291223/Stop-Slavery-Award-2017
● Background: http://www.stopslaveryaward.com/documents/background-information.pdf
● Apply:  http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3291223/Stop-Slavery-Award-2017

How to apply: Interested applicants may submit nominations online via given website (http://www.stopslaveryaward.com/documents/questionnaire-2017.pdf?v2) through answering questions online (http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3291223/Stop-Slavery-Award-2017).

 

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