The Stop Slavery Award is an initiative by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and an action resulting from the 2015 Trust Women Conference.
The Award recognises companies that are taking concrete initiatives to eradicate modern-day slavery from their supply chains.
To be conferred for the first time on November 30, 2016, as an artwork designed by world‑renowned artist Sir Anish Kapoor, the Award aims to create a virtuous cycle, a positive paradigm to demonstrate that business can play a critical role in the effort to eradicate forced labour.
The Stop Slavery Award will award businesses that have demonstrated integrity, courage and innovation by scrutinising their own supply chains and by taking the necessary steps to remove instances of forced labour.
The awarded companies will receive the right to use the Stop Slavery Award logo for one year. The display of the logo will help guide consumer and customer decisions, and contribute to raise cross‑sector awareness about the issue of forced labour, encouraging more companies to investigate, improve, and eradicate unfair and illegal labour practices in their supply chains.
FIGHTING SLAVERY WITH ART
The Stop Slavery Award is an artwork by Turner-prize winner Anish Kapoor. Kapoor explained the genesis behind the artwork at the Trust Women conference, highlighting his desire for the award to guide consumer decisions.
The Stop Slavery Judging Board brings together the world’s top anti-slavery leaders with representatives from government, business, civil society and corporate philanthropy. The Board will shortlist the Stop Slavery Award nominees and select the winners.
The questionnaire is divided into two sections: Behaviour & Transparency; and Leadership & Innovation. The first set of questions will take the form of a series of Yes/No questions to determine which companies have policies and procedures in place, and mini essay questions to clarify how these policies and procedures operate in practice. The Leadership & Innovation questions will be longer written responses that will help show how the nominee is combating slavery.