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The same organization that measured your “slavery footprint” wants to help businesses eliminate forced and child labor from their supply chains. Made in a Free World, together with the U.S. Department of State, have created a new software product that identifies “hotspots” of risk for a range of industries. Forced Labor Risk Determination & Mitigation, or FRDM for short, also suggests ways to mitigate potential exploitation, including improving policies, strengthening vendor agreements, adopting industry best practices, and working with vetted suppliers.


“Information enables action,” Made in a Free World, which is based in San Francisco, writes on its website. “We will provide companies with a clear blueprint to mitigate their risk of unknowingly investing in suppliers who exploit forced or child labor. This strategic downward pressure on a supply chain has the power to disrupt illicit networks and empower vulnerable populations with freedom.”

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More than 29 million people across the globe live in conditions of modern-day slavery, according to the 2013 Global Slavery Index. Most of the world’s enslaved people—approximately 14 million, or nearly half the global total—reside in India, followed by China (2.9 million) and Pakistan (2 million).

Depending on the size of the company, Made in a Free World will offer FRDM gratis or for a fee when the beta launches in fall. (Watch the above video to see the tool in action at a fictional bike shop.)

“More than ever, consumers align their purchasing power with companies who share their values,” the nonprofit says. “Our goal is to enable businesses to meet this demand without negatively affecting bottom lines.”


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