CBSI partner Outland Denim shortlisted: Stop Slavery Award
The Award, launched in 2015 by the philanthropic arm of the world's biggest news and information provider, is the first global recognition for 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 forum Trust Conference, on November 14, in London. Outland Denim founder and CEO James Bartle will be in attendance.
"Outland Denim is honoured to be shortlisted in the 2018 Thomson Reuters Foundation Stop Slavery Award," said Bartle.
"Outland Denim began in 2011 to combat the plight of young women caught up in human trafficking and sexual exploitation. We spent five years developing a unique employment framework that eventually proved to be the most vital tool in allowing our staff to rise above their circumstances and become the agents of their own success."
The International Labour Organization and Walk Free Foundation estimate that today there are 40.3 million slaves. Women and girls are disproportionately affected by modern slavery, accounting for 28.7 million, or 71 per cent of the overall total. The ILO adds that forced labour generates $150 billion in illegal profits every year.
"Business, the media and the public have a significant part to play in setting a new standard and finally eradicating modern slavery from global supply chains," says Bartle.
Fellow nominees include Apple, ABP UK, Thai Union Group and Unilever.
In 2019, CBSI will be collaborating with Outland Denim on research to map their journey as a business, and to detail their unique business model, which is designed around a commitment to offer sustainable employment and training opportunities to young women rescued from human trafficking and sexual exploitation.