Modern slavery is thriving because no one has ownership of fixing the problem.
SlaveCheck is designed as a solution enabler to coordinate the systematic elimination of modern slavery. Through a combination of people + process + cloud AI technology, SlaveCheck leads, coordinates and manages the collaborations necessary to discover modern slavery situations, and then design, fund, implement and monitor in-ﬁeld solutions.
Eliminating modern slavery will require a coordinated, collaborative global effort.
Governments need to lead the elimination of modern slavery by enacting effective MS legislation, enforcing compliance, and addressing any in-country human rights issues as they emerge.
Business need to diligently comply with modern slavery legislation, ensure their processes are ‘best practise’ in identifying and avoiding MS, and supporting the implementation of solutions in their supply chains.
Civil Society Organisations (NGOs, unions, human rights groups etc) need to provide in-field intelligence; guide solution design and implementation; influence business and government and hold them to account; and maintain in-field slavery checks and balances.
End-consumers, who create the demand for goods produced by slaves, have perhaps the most crucial role to play in being informed, demanding ‘slave-free’ products, and holding brands and retailers to account.
Sovereign wealth funds, ethical investors and socially-conscious consumers can exert powerful influence in supply chains by using slavery transparency as a requirement to invest or buy
SlaveCheck technology-enables, leads, coordinates, and manages, the collaborations among the stakeholder community necessary to systematically eliminate modern slavery.SlaveCheck :
Increasingly complex, integrated global supply chains have made it almost impossible to tell whether products that are stamped “Made in XYZ” have at some stage used slaves or underage children in other countries as part of the production process.
Slavery is illegal in every country yet ‘modern slavery’ has become a thriving, pervasive, highly-profitable i industry with over 40 million people currently trapped, and being dishonoured, degraded and dehumanised in the various forms of slavery.
The Global Slavery Index has identified about a dozen categories of goods ‘at-risk’ of using slaves: Cotton, Apparel and clothing accessories, Cattle, Sugarcane, Gold, Carpets, Coal, Fish, Rice, Timber, Cocoa, Diamonds, Laptops, computers and mobile phones.
It is highly likely that most of us are unwittingly sustaining modern slavery merely by consuming any of these at-risk goods, and in doing so, are effectively dealing with the proceeds of crime.
In response to the 2011 UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) - calling for effective measures to end forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking, and child labour in all its forms - governments around the world have been progressively enacting Modern Slavery Act legislation (‘MSA’). MSA requires businesses to conduct human rights due diligence in corporate operations and supply chains and produce a publicly-available, annual slavery situation statement, signed off by company directors, which improves year-on-year.
SlaveCheck was designed to support businesses in their MSA compliance obligations. It automates MSA compliance and annual continuous improvement, saving businesses time and money; it supports directors and boards with transparent, auditable supply chain data, analytics and AI; automates corrective action planning, tracking and reporting; and spreads the costs and risks equitably around the stakeholder community.
Research has quantiﬁed proven business beneﬁts from slavery transparency in supply chains and from the process of achieving this including higher sales, operational eﬃciencies and building brand kudos with increasingly ethical staﬀ, consumers and investors.
SlaveCheck is free for all users except ‘Buyers’ (ie reporting entities) who pay an annual fee per Supplier based on volume.
The G20 countries alone import 80% (US$354 billion) of the goods produced by slaves, which means they are 80% of the problem. The governments and businesses of these advanced nations must take the lead to rid the world of this modern-day scourge. And the rest of us - as end-consumers - have an important part to play as well.
The best way to liberate slaves is to pay them a living wage: sufficient pay to support a worker and their family with a decent standard of living (food, clothing, housing, healthcare, utilities, education, transportation, savings), from a job with decent working conditions.
The cost to support a living wage for these workers is negligible – a fraction of 1% of the supply-side price of the goods they produce. End-customers may not even notice when slavery is eliminated. In fact, brands and retailers may see improved margins - and end-consumers lower prices - through more efficient, re-engineered supply chains, free of slavery crime and corruption. The only losers will be the criminals profiting from slavery.
SlaveCheck applies crowdsourcing, data mining and AI to map complex supply chain networks and isolate slavery risks. The solution platform then manages the relationships, collaborations, and processes among the stakeholder community to design, fund, implement and monitor local living wage solutions.
A strong governance framework will be required if we are to succeed in eliminating modern slavery - to build confidence in the process, bring the necessary stakeholders together, and foster the collective goodwill and determination to see the job through.
IMSACC (International Modern Slavery Action Coordination Coalition) takes ownership of slavery situations discovered by SlaveCheck that are outside the operational control of modern slavery reporting entities and coordinates the design, funding, implementation and monitoring of in-field solutions.
IMSACC is a trailing not-for-profit organisation that will progressively ramp up as problems emerge out of SlaveCheck. It is envisaged that IMSACC will be funded by pro-rata contributions from G20 governments, and be comprised of a high-profile board who oversee executive committees covering core functions - each led by an Executive Director and chaired by an IMSACC board member.
IMSACC currently has a Founding Executive Director with cross-functional responsibilities including engaging with NGOs; positioning IMSACC with G20 government contacts and NGOs currently involved in slavery elimination programs; in-field coordination of slavery elimination projects and programs; and liaising with the governments of the countries in which IMSACC is leading slavery solutions.
Behind every great achievement for the human race, there is collaboration.
We believe that there exists in the world sufficient understanding, resources, goodwill, and knowhow, to rid the world of slavery. All we need is for the right people to collaborate effectively.
Our mission is to technology-enable, lead, coordinate, and manage, the collaborations necessary to systematically eliminate modern slavery.
SlaveCheck was founded in 2018 by Tim Murray. Tim is a civil engineer who has been applying technology to solve network-level problems for government and business for 30 years. He has led two industry-level transformations, in infrastructure and medical banking.
SlaveCheck is headquartered in Sydney, Australia.