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.
AWARDING INTEGRITY, COURAGE AND INNOVATION
Companies interested in applying for the Stop Slavery Award are invited to nominate themselves by completing the submission questionnaire developed by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in partnership with global law firm Baker & McKenzie.
Designed in consultation with leading actors in the anti-slavery space, the questionnaire aims to highlight best practices relating to corporate commitment and reporting, together with 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 the behaviour, operations and supply chains of the companies applying for the Award. The questionnaire will also seek to establish the nominee’s credentials as a leader and an innovator in the fight against slavery.
A Judging Board comprising of some of the world’s top anti-slavery thought leaders will review a shortlist of the Stop Slavery Award nominees selected by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and select the winners based on the information in the submission.
Applications for the Stop Slavery Award are open until August 26, 2016.
Applications are strictly confidential, only shortlisted companies will be announced to the public.
Finalists will be invited to attend the annual Trust Women conference on November 30 when the winner will be announced.
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.
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