Business Fights Poverty


  • Nestlé
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development

challenge description

The challenge

According to the Global Slavery Index, 40.3 million people are in some form of modern slavery, including 24.9 million in forced labour. The ILO reports that US$150 billion of illegal profits are generated by forced labour each year. This Challenge focuses on the use of technology to tackle modern slavery in global supply chains. Applications that strengthen grievance-raising and remediation mechanisms will be priority areas, alongside a focus on transparency around recruitment processes. We aim to strengthen partner companies’ ability to scale responsible recruitment and employment practices in their supply chains through technology, and to strengthen relationships and the exchange of learning between consumer goods companies and other stakeholders working on human trafficking and forced labour.

The output

A discussion paper reviewing how technology has been used to address forced labour issues, with a focus on recruitment and grievance mechanisms, and a set of actionable recommendations on how to leverage these going forward. Subject to budget: A toolkit (25-30 pages), or a suite of tools of equivalent depth (e.g. guidelines, tip sheets, infographic, summary of recommendations and an overarching guide) on how to leverage technology to give workers a voice throughout the recruitment process (incl. grievance mechanisms). Online articles, summarising the early Challenge insights and examples, plus the discussion paper and toolkit

The timeframe

7 months ending January 2020