The Thomson Reuters Foundation recognises the fight against modern slavery as an urgent global priority requiring coordinated action between civil society, law enforcement, governments, and corporations.
According to the International Labor Organization and Walk Free Foundation, over 40 million people around the world are victims of modern slavery. This number includes men and women who are held in forced and bonded labour and forced marriages, or have been trafficked for commercial sex or domestic servitude. Slavery is a hugely profitable business, one estimated to be worth $150 billion a year.
The Foundation plays a thought leadership role in the fight against slavery and trafficking by raising awareness of the crime through authoritative reporting and journalism training, by providing free legal assistance and research to anti-slavery organisations, and by convening all the key players in the global fight against modern-day slavery at the Trust Conference.
Engaging the private sector
The demand for cheap goods is fuelling forced labour, meaning that market forces drive both the supply and the demand for modern slavery. That’s why corporations have a crucial role to play. As a corporate Foundation, we are uniquely placed to engage the private sector through high-impact initiatives that position the fight against modern slavery as a business imperative.
Stop Slavery Award
The Stop Slavery Award was launched by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2015 to recognise companies 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 and operations, as well as on the role they are playing as key agents in the global fight against slavery.
The Stop Slavery Award has gone from strength to strength, most recently with the launch of new categories for 2020 recognising the contribution of SMEs, NGOs, grass roots organisations, the public sector and journalists.
The Stop Slavery Award Judging Board brings together some of the world’s highest-profile leaders in the fight against slavery.
Nobel Peace Prize Recipient & Children's Rights Activist
Patricia Viseur Sellers
International Criminal Lawyer
Former UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.
District Attorney, New York County
Executive Director, Human Rights Watch
CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Founder of Trust Conference