We are thrilled to announce the five finalists in Rethink Supply Chains: The Tech Challenge to Fight Labor Trafficking. The Partnership for Freedom launched the innovation competition in October 2015, seeking technological solutions to help identify and address labor trafficking in global supply chains.
The finalists were selected by a panel of judges with expertise across corporate supply chains, human rights, philanthropy, and investing. Each finalist will receive $20,000 and proceed to the Finalist Accelerator round of the competition to further develop their proposed solutions with support from subject matter experts. One Grand Prize Winner and one Runner-Up will be announced in April 2016, and will be awarded $250,000 and $50,000, respectively.
“Forced labor in global supply chains is a systemic problem. The solutions surfaced by these finalists leverage technology to combat this problem by bringing transparency to global supply chains and elevating workers’ voices across industries,” said Catherine Chen, director of investments at Humanity United.
Congratulations to the finalists:
- Good World Solutions
Laborlink Trafficking Module: Capturing & Mapping Millions of Data Points to Eliminate Forced Labor
Analyzes and maps forced labor using a mobile communication channel between workers and supply chain leaders to report on working conditions.
- IST Research
PULSE Deployable Labor Trafficking System
Data analytics system that scrapes web data to monitor social media and public internet sources for indicators of labor exploitation.
Identifying Human Rights Issues In the Fishing Industry Through Mobile Surveys
Mobile survey platform that collects and shares labor condition data from workers via SMS, Interactive Voice Response, and mobile web.
- Sustainability Incubator and Trace Register
Building Trust in Fishing at Sea
Traceability software that enables seafood suppliers to voluntarily report on the origins of their catches and vessel working conditions.
SPARTACUS: A Global Mobile Platform for Empowering Migrant Workers to End Slavery
Mobile payment and feedback service for migrant workers to increase transparency and accountability in the recruitment process.
We look forward to seeing how the finalists refine their solutions during the Finalist Accelerator as they compete for $300,000 in remaining prizes.