Introducing the World Blockchain Academy for Girls

Last month we founded the World Blockchain Academy for Girls. We did so to address the growing and negative impact of the digital divide. The divide intensifies other barriers to economic, social and educational opportunities, as it felt most acutely by women and...

New Year Resolution for a Slave-free Revolution

  While you recycle Christmas leftovers, reflect on your year and look ahead to 2018, are you contemplating a New Year's resolution? Will it be recommitting to 2017’s New Year resolution? You know, the one you should have done in 2016, because you promised to do it in...

Humanity Will Beat Slavery

Slavery occurs in our name Over more than 30 years as a soldier, Federal and freelance Agent, I have seen depravities and cruelties that no person should; and that no person should suffer. They are not, however, distant and exceptional occurrences. They occur in our...

New Economics and slavefreetrade

28/12/17 The truth behind supply and demand behaviour We are often asked questions about behaviour. Why, for example, do consumers buy slave-made products? Or, why do businesses allow slavery within their operations? Our answer: We don’t know it all. Yet. What we do...

And a slave-free New Year

27/12/17 A dose of reality Today I took my daughters to see the Christmas pantomime; Cinderella.  Before the interval, several kids from the audience took to the stage to participate in a game.  They were asked their name, age, who they were with, which school they...

Merry Christmas from slavefreetrade

Whether you have all your gifts wrapped and ready, or are planning a last minute fight with the sticky tape, the big day is upon us! The lead up to Christmas can be a hectic time, with preparations, travelling, parties, reunions, all in the spirit of goodwill and...

Diamond dreams?

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are the most popular days of the year for marriage proposals, and what better way to cement love and commitment than through the unbreakable structure of a diamond. Many of us would be thrilled to receive a diamond; I am still waiting...

Lump of coal in your stocking?

For many people growing up, the worst fear they faced on Christmas day was that Father Christmas would not have left them presents under the tree or in their stocking (or wellington boot in Germany). But that they would instead receive a single, solid lump of coal....

Santa, Slavery and your Smartphone: Smartphone Supply Chain

Whether you are a stickler for an iPhone or firmly remain in Camp Android, many people will be looking forward to getting a new smartphone, or another piece of electronic gadgetry (Ipads/Kindles/Tablets/Apple Watches) for Christmas this year. However, many...

The Shadow in Your Makeup Bag

The shadow behind your sparkling makeup. Christmas, the ideal time to don the sequins and sparkles. This time of year is the perfect excuse to get out the glitter; if you can’t wear your sparkles at Christmas, when can you! Festive clothing is not the only thing that...

Human Rights Day 2017

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he...

Christmas Decorations and Slavery

Welcome to Christmas Town: Yiwu, China Perhaps you have never thought about where your Christmas decorations come from, or have vague notions of a factory somewhere where machines do all of the assembly. For most of us who do celebrate, the mundane aspects of...

How does the modern day consumer behave?

Today, 87% of Americans would purchase a product because a company advocated for an issue that they cared about. Consumers are becoming more responsible…

Welcome to Christmas

Christmas is a favourite time year for many, even if you do not celebrate, the decorations go up across your village, city or town. Christmas party invitations start to pop up in your inbox and the gift buying panic ensues. A huge list of people you have to buy gifts...

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

The International Day for Abolition of Slavery marks the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Person and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (resolution 31 (iv) of 2...

slavefreetrade: Rebalancing the Gender Scales

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Typically, when thinking about modern slavery, we may not perceive it to be a gendered issue. However, in reality it often is.

slavefreetrade turns 1 and counting

slavefreetrade turns the ripe old age of one this week. Happy Birthday Us ☺ At 2am on 23 November last year, our founder Brian Iselin woke with clarity about why the anti-slavery movement has so far failed and what must be done differently to ensure it succeeds....

Why the Swiss Responsible Business Initiative is Good for Business

At the end of 2018 or early 2019, the Swiss people will vote on whether to amend the Swiss Federal Constitution by introducing legislation to strengthen respect for human rights and the environment through business. This citizen initiative, called The Swiss...

RIP Certification and Audit

The Certification and Audit process is not only outdated, but extremely harmful. It is high time that this ineffective paradigm steps aside.

Tackling Modern Slavery: Opportunities for Business

Whether your business or employer is already addressing high risk areas in their supply chain, or is just beginning to build traceability, the task of detecting poor labour practices and supporting suppliers to reform will be a long and complex journey. But by building constructive and honest relationships with suppliers, collaborating with NGO’s and fellow brands, and bringing collective findings to national governments, businesses can tackle this journey together.

Our Verification Framework: What Is It?

Our Verification Framework is the process through which we will partner with businesses in order to verify that their products (and later services) are entirely slave-free. The Framework comprises the following: Value-Based Standards Having considered how and where...

What Australians Want In Their Anti-Slavery Law

Despite myriad international laws outlawing slavery and related exploitations, few countries have adopted anti-slavery laws. In February this year, the Foreign Affairs and Aid Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (the...

Slave Free on a Budget Can ethical fashion be cheap?

When we think ethical fashion, we often think of pricey, premium brands. Ethical consumerism becomes a non-starter, “I can’t afford that,” you think. Brands that bill themselves as ethical often do come at a higher price point, and in a world with pervasive economic...

3 reasons why slavefreetrade does not have a business plan

Let me start by saying that business plans are lovely. Most of the time they are a pretty good read. And sometimes, just sometimes, they say something that is real. All start-ups – slavefreetrade included - need a roadmap for the future. We need plans. Of course we...

The Real Potential of Impact Investing

While discussing the use of blockchain technology for social impact at the recent Triple Bottom Line Investing (TBLI) conference in Stockholm, it became clear that there is significant under-explored proximity between the disperate worlds of modern investing and...

Eliminating the Business of Slavery

United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences The business of slavery We cannot know the true extent of slavery.  It is often deeply hidden from view. However, the best available estimate suggests that...

Poverty porn

What even is ‘Poverty Porn’? A term that has been used considerably over the last decade, but with no absolute definition, ‘poverty porn’ is used generally to describe media depicting those in poverty in a way designed to elicit a strong emotional reaction of pity and...

The Abolition of Slavery; but has slavery been abolished?

Today is the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. Although slavery has been abolished, it is not extinct. But that does not mean we should just give up on the fight against modern slavery.

Cheap Labour in the Coffee Industry

Coffee industry heavily depends on cheap labour and workers are often paid less than minimal wage and many of them live just on $3 a day.

Modern Slavery. Where Does Responsibility Lie?

Who is responsible for slavery? Do we, as consumers, truly have the ability to affect some change? And if we do, what will it take for you to begin to think about the origins of the products you buy?

Goodbye Geneva, Hello Slave Free World!

I flew to Geneva for four days of strategic planning and seriously… mind blown! The combination of cutting edge technology and a genius plan gives us the exciting first steps towards slave free businesses around the world.

Child Labour in the Chocolate Industry

Many global chocolate players highly depend on Western Africa, the largest producer of cocoa, where the exploitation of child labour makes up a huge part of cocoa industry.

Welcome Stop Slavery UK!

We are thrilled to announce that Stop Slavery UK has joined the slavefreetrade Community Programme! Together we will raise our voices to end slavery, please help us celebrate and check out the amazing work of Stop Slavery…

Should Australia adopt a UK-style Modern Slavery Act?

Of course it should! But it must be stronger. Slavery is everywhere Despite slavery being outlawed all over the world a really long time ago, there are more enslaved people today than at any other time in human history. 90% of slaves are hidden in the private...

An Interview with our Founder: Brian Iselin

Our very first blog is an interview with our illustrious leader – the founder of slavefreetrade: Brian Iselin. Brian shares his inspiration, and goals for this exciting new organisation.

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