Meet The Rethink Supply Chains Challenge Winners

We are pleased to announce Sustainability Incubator and Trace Register as the grand prize winning team 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.

Labor trafficking in global seafood supply chains has been well-documented in recent years. Sustainability Incubator, an advisory firm that helps seafood companies advance sustainability and solve human rights challenges, and Trace Register, a traceability software company, have teamed up to develop the winning solution to help companies better understand and address the risks of labor trafficking. The team will receive a $250,000 grant to support the Labor Safe Digital Certificate, a digital risk assessment tool that will help seafood suppliers and major retailers better screen for risks of forced labor and address high-risk zones within their supply chains.

“The presence of forced labor in corporate supply chains is a systemic problem that has been difficult to address,” said Catherine Chen, director of investments of Humanity United, which coordinates the Partnership for Freedom. “It is our hope that these technologies will give businesses, workers, and governments helpful tools for greater transparency and visibility.”

“This support from Humanity United will make it possible to help combat modern slavery and suffering around the world,” said Phil Werdal, CEO of Trace Register. “We look forward to working with Humanity United and Sustainability Incubator, as well as many producers, suppliers, and retailers who are committed to eliminating forced labor from the seafood supply chain.”

“The challenge has validated our efforts to rethink the opportunities for traceability to help combat modern slavery in seafood supply chains,” said Katrina Nakamura of Sustainability Incubator. “We now have the resources needed to develop the technology to combine product tracking and slavery risk identification.”

Good World Solutions was named the runner-up winner and will receive a $50,000 grant to advance their LaborLink mobile technology for improving visibility of trafficked workers by capturing and analyzing worker feedback.

“The Rethink Supply Chains competition has catalyzed our Laborlink team around the issue of trafficking and offered invaluable insights on how to adapt our tools to help companies surface risk of forced labor within their supply chains,” said Heather Franzese, co-founder and Executive Director of Good World Solutions. “Funding from the challenge will enable us to launch a dedicated survey and new community-based methodology to survey workers.”

To learn more about the challenge and the winning ideas, please visit www.rethinksupplychains.org.

We look forward to following the winning teams as they work with Humanity United over the next year to deploy their technologies. Congratulations to Sustainability Incubator and Trace Register, and Good World Solutions!

The Rethink Supply Chains Accelerator

Since the announcement of the five finalist teams in the Rethink Supply Chains challenge in January, the teams have participated in a range of activities and events designed to help them refine and develop their original ideas. 

In February, the five finalist teams (GeoPoll, Good World Solutions, IST Research, Sustainability Incubator & Trace Register, and Ulula) convened in Washington, D.C. for a Boot Camp, where they participated in expert sessions, user-testing and prototyping exercises, and discussion panels to gain insights for improving their solutions. Experts in labor trafficking, product development, and business modeling, as well as representatives of the Partnership for Freedom, provided expertise and coaching to teams to help them refine their concepts.

In addition, throughout the Finalist Accelerator, the finalists have been meeting with five industry-leading mentors to source feedback as they iterate their solutions. The Challenge mentors bring a variety of experience and skill from across the fields of labor trafficking, product development, and supply chain technology.

We are thrilled to have Erika, Stephen, David, Shawn, and Tikva as Challenge mentors. We’d like to thank them all for their continued time and commitment in helping the finalists refine their solutions!

Meet our mentors:

Erika Block, Founder & CEO, Local Orbit

Picture1Bio: Erika is the Founder and CEO of Local Orbit, the supply chain platform for people who are creating a new, connected food economy. Prior to Local Orbit, Erika co-founded and ran an entrepreneurial arts organization, producing cross-sector partnership events in the US, Great Britain and South Africa. She led the renovation of a vacant building in Detroit into a theater, gallery and barmaid worked with vendors to source local food for events. She directed and produced 15 plays. She decided to create Local Orbit as a result of interviews she did while researching a project about eating. Erika has also worked as a technology and business process consultant, focusing on strategic planning, collaboration, operational efficiency and communications strategy. Throughout her career, Erika has created collaborative environments that facilitate learning and action. She has an MFA from Columbia University and studied Interactive Technology at NYU.  Erika comes from a family of fruit peddlers, meat processors restaurant owners and wholesalers. She is a PopTech Social Innovation Fellow. Other awards include Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40.
Areas of Expertise: Supply Chain Technology

 

Stephen Lee, Director of Product Development, Caravan Studios 

Picture2Bio: Stephen Lee is Director of Product Development at Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup. Caravan Studios builds apps that help communities organize, access, and apply local resources to their most pressing problems. Stephen has worked extensively at the intersection of technology, social innovation, and entrepreneurship, and brings to Caravan Studios over 20 years experience leading teams in product design, development, and delivery. Stephen has degrees in Computer Science and Sustainable International Development.
Areas of Expertise: Product Design & Management, ICT4D, Nonprofit Management

 

David Lifson, Product Executive, Originate

Picture3Bio: David Lifson is a Product Executive at Originate having been a Sr. Director of Product Management at Poppin. Formerly, he was GM of Digital Product and Engineering at General Assembly. Prior to joining General Assembly, he co-founded Postling, a social media management tool for small businesses that he sold to LocalVox Media in 2012. He has also been VP of Product at Etsy, Technical Product Manager for Amazon’s Personalized Recommendations team, and started his career as a software engineer on Amazon’s Community team.
Areas of Expertise: Product Development, Social Software

  

Shawn MacDonald, Director of Programs and Research, Verité

Bio: Shawn MacDonald is Verité’s Director of Programs and Research. He’s responsible for a variety of research, training, consulting, multi-stakeholder dialogue, and policy advocacy programs focused on issues like forced labor, freedom of association, compliance program design, and standards-setting. He regularly leads workshops, trainings, and multi-stakeholder meetings on labor and other corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues and advises business leaders on CSR strategy and program design. His work focuses on a variety of business sectors, including seafood, electronics, agriculture, construction, apparel, and light manufacturing. Before joining Verité, Shawn was Director at the Fair Labor Association, Vice President of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, and co-founder of the Development and Employment Policy Project. Additionally, he worked for a variety of international NGOs in Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe. He holds a Ph.D. from George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, an AB in History from Harvard University.
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Entrepreneurship, Labor Rights

  

Tikva Morowati, UX Lead of New Products, Google

Picture4Bio: Tikva is an entrepreneur, curator of stories of invention and innovation, and creator of new products. She is a UX Lead of New Products at Google, where she is leading the agile, user-centered research, design and development of early stage products for the physical world and develops strategies and insights about people and organizational processes to transform business outcomes. Prior to that she defined and designed new mobile products at Facebook and for startups through New York’s research and design shop, Charming Robot. She can be found on Twitter @tikkers.
Areas of Expertise: UX, Product Development

Up Close with Team… Ulula

This post is part of a special “Up Close with Team…” series, featuring Q&As with the five finalists of the Rethink Supply Chains Challenge.

Ulula_Logo (1)Ulula proposes a mobile payment and feedback service for migrant workers to increase transparency and accountability in the recruitment process. The team is one of five Rethink Supply Chains finalists competing for a $250,000 grand prize. Stay tuned for the winner announcement in April!

Why is this Challenge important to you? What do you hope your solution will achieve?
Partnership for Freedom is a unique opportunity for Ulula to integrate mobile money into its information platform to create a win-win for migrant workers and employers to combat labor trafficking. With Spartacus, workers will receive critical information about their rights and get paid by their employers through their mobile phones. Mobile money creates transparency and limits leakages to improve workers’ incomes. Employers benefit from a simple system that automates payments and generate automatic payroll for their operations.

What inspired your solution?
For a decade Antoine, Founder & CEO, worked in countries rich with oil, gas and minerals to combat corruption and mismanagement. He saw communities in Nigeria and Peru losing their livelihoods with the development of large natural resource projects. He also witnessed the rising conflicts between communities and mining companies. Antoine saw the potential of simple mobile phones to give a voice to communities – particularly the poor and more vulnerable groups – and foster a new social compact with governments and companies.

Your team has entered the Finalist Accelerator phase, which includes expert mentorship and participation in a live boot camp. What do you hope to learn through the process?
We want to take advantage of the presence of experts with practical experience of labor trafficking to build a prototype that can make a difference for over 200 million migrant workers around the world. We want to learn the details of the migrant workers’ recruitment process and journey, the role of recruitment agencies and the companies to design a product that can align them to create more transparent recruitment practices and more effective systems to get paid and send money back home.

Up Close with Team… Good World Solutions

This post is part of a special “Up Close with Team…” series, featuring Q&As with the five finalists of the Rethink Supply Chains Challenge.

Cisco Foundation (Main Images)-44 (1)Good World Solutions’ Laborlink Trafficking Module analyzes and maps forced labor using a mobile communication channel between workers and supply chain leaders to report on working conditions. The team is one of five Rethink Supply Chains finalists competing for a $250,000 grand prize. Stay tuned for the winner announcement in April!

Why is this Challenge important to you? What do you hope your solution will achieve?
71% of companies believe there is a strong likelihood of slavery in their supply chains. There are an estimated 11.7 million forced laborers in Asia alone. Yet companies know very little about how to identify and address trafficking. Workers are in the best position to report abusive conditions, but they need safe, anonymous channels to do so. Laborlink has five years of experience capturing data from workers and translating it into actionable analytics. Our new Laborlink Trafficking Module will dramatically improve visibility – capturing millions of data points from workers and mapping risks of forced labor in a new way.

What inspired your solution?
While monitoring working conditions in factories in China and Pakistan, Heather Franzese (Co-founder, Executive Director) saw a disconnect between the workers making the product and, thousands of miles away, the company buying it. At the same time, these workers started to carry their own mobile phones, inspiring Heather to develop a new way of connecting with workers. Since 2010, Laborlink has provided more than 600,000 workers across 16 countries with a secure channel to report on real factory conditions, 365 days a year. With more frequent and accessible communication, Laborlink is quickly detecting workplace hazards and labor abuses by surfacing unheard worker voices. Building on this success, we believe that developing a Trafficking Module is a natural extension of our organization’s mission to use data to create safe and respectful workplaces.

Your team has entered the Finalist Accelerator phase, which includes expert mentorship and participation in a live boot camp. What do you hope to learn through the process?
Our team is excited to expand our successful and scalable tools to address and prevent the systemic issues of forced labor with the appropriate support from NGOs and government agencies. Informed by their expertise, we will develop a trust with these vulnerable worker groups while also focusing on the growing requirements companies face under new legislation like the UK Modern Slavery Bill and California Transparency in Supply Chains Act. After participating in the live boot camp, we will be on an accelerated pathway to develop new tools – including an Index Survey, M-Learning Content, and Risk Map – to accurately identify, inform, and remedy forced labor issues in manufacturing supply chains.

Up Close with Team… GeoPoll

This post is part of a special “Up Close with Team…” series, featuring Q&As with the five finalists of the Rethink Supply Chains Challenge.

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GeoPoll proposes a mobile survey platform that collects and shares labor condition data from workers via SMS, Interactive Voice Response, and mobile web. The team is one of five Rethink Supply Chains finalists competing for a $250,000 grand prize. Stay tuned for the winner announcement in April!



Why is this Challenge important to you? What do you hope your solution will achieve? As part of B Corp Mobile Accord, GeoPoll builds impactful and sustainable data products that scale quickly to dozens of developing countries. GeoPoll leverages the wide reach of the mobile phone to reach citizens across the globe and collect data on important issues including food security, agriculture, and labor practices. By communicating directly with workers through their mobile phones, we hope this solution will prove to be an effective way to identify trafficking and poor labor conditions across the globe, and that our data will be useful to NGOs and governments seeking solutions to these issues.

geopoll-nairobi-research-team (1)What inspired your solution?
GeoPoll is a mobile surveying platform which collects data on a wide range of topics for governments, NGOs, and commercial organizations. GeoPoll conducts both one-off surveys and ongoing data collection on topics including food security and audience measurement by asking thousands of citizens questions daily. Leveraging this approach, we intend to rethink supply chains by supplying labor welfare advocates and industries with regular data that will help them keep tabs on working conditions around the world, starting with the fishing industry.

Your team has entered the Finalist Accelerator phase, which includes expert mentorship and participation in a live boot camp. What do you hope to learn through the process?
We are excited to gain more knowledge about supply chain monitoring and learn from peers who are pioneering how data can help both advocacy groups and companies looking to improve supply chain transparency. We look forward to collaborating with others to ensure the data we collect is useful for both of these groups.

Meet the Rethink Supply Chains Finalists

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.
  • GeoPoll
    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.
  • Ulula
    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.


Download the finalist announcement press release>>

 

Tech for a Free World

1-ZP9gGbTnek-9AIzh56jVsAWhat can we do when we use technology to fight human trafficking?

This week, former Partnership for Freedom winner, Caravan Studios, wrote an article detailing some of the lessons they learned as a participant of the Partnership for Freedom’s first innovation challenge. Based in San Francisco, California, Caravan Studios is a division of TechSoup Global that works with communities to develop apps to help organize, access, and use local resources to address pressing problems.

Through the Partnership for Freedom’s Reimagine: Opportunity challenge, Caravan Studios, in partnership with Polaris and the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, developed the Safe Shelter Collaborative, which uses technology to locate and provide immediate shelter services for trafficking survivors.

More than a year after winning $1.17 million dollars to scale their project, Caravan Studios is highlighting the need for more tech-informed solutions in the human trafficking space.

Technology alone can’t end labor trafficking, but a tech-informed approach can have a dramatic impact in a range of areas…We know from our own experience that turning your technological imagination to the fight against human trafficking can provide tremendous opportunities.

In the article Caravan Studios also lists five places for civic tech solvers, advocates, startups, and social entrepreneurs to explore:

    1. Market Disruption. For many workers, finding a job abroad depends on a complex and murky web of intermediaries, like labor brokers and recruiters. These middlemen promise good jobs that may or may not exist, extract fees for their services, and often leave job-seekers in debt or vulnerable to abuse. From AirBnB to Uber, technology is deliberately and effectively eliminating middlemen in countless sectors — could labor recruitment be one of them?Can technology cut out the middleman by facilitating direct connections between workers and verifiable, safe employment?
    2. Bridging the Data Divide. Labor trafficking thrives in the shadows — which is to say, it thrives in data-poor environments. Complex supply chains leave companies and consumers in the dark as to where their products are coming from and what the working conditions along the way look like. Labor recruiters rely on the opacity of their industry and the lack of feedback loops to mislead and exploit workers. Can better data collection, analysis, use and re-use through new channels and methods- like using mobile tech to gather input directly from workers, social listening, or innovative rapid polling methods- help bring transparency and give us the right information at the right time needed to take action? Can big data and data science point us towards places with the highest risks?
    3. The Blockchain. The promise of a transparent distributed ledger is already transforming currency and trust-based transactions. Many more applications are waiting in the wings, from verifying the origins of products to making contracts more transparent. Opaque networks of misleading and extortionate payments and contracts lie at the heart of labor trafficking and forced labor. Can we use the blockchain to trace at-risk goods in supply chains where labor trafficking is found? Can we use it to verify information and transform the complex web of transactions and contracts across the recruitment industry?
    4. Mobile Money. Financial access can be the first step to foundational progress in workers’ rights. The proliferation of wireless access and low cost smartphones creates huge new opportunities to empower workers with better financial tech — and better protect them from exploitation in the process. Stripe, Square, and Venmo have radically transformed transactions in venues that are used to accept cash only, while M-Pesa and other mobile providers have radically transformed mobile banking in developing countries. Can we offer unbanked and underbanked workers better ways to get paid through mobile or digital payments, track and document transactions or contracts, or trace and verify payments?
    5. Sensor Technology. If we don’t know where our goods come from, we can’t figure out if they’re made with forced labor. But new emphasis on tracing goods — for food safety, for sustainability, for consumer differentiation, and more — creates new potential opportunities to understand the labor conditions of the goods we buy and sell. The rise of sensors can help us get to the hardest-to-tackle nodes of the supply chain more deeply and cheaply than ever before. Can we use traceability tech to tackle labor conditions?

    Read the full article here >>

Launched Today: The Rethink Supply Chains Challenge

PFF_RETHINK_SUPPLY_CHAINSWe are pleased to announce the launch of Rethink Supply Chains: The Tech Challenge to Fight Labor Trafficking, an innovation challenge that calls for technological solutions that identify and address labor trafficking in global supply chains for goods and services. The Challenge will award $500,000 in prizes and services.

The Partnership for Freedom is a public-private partnership that aims to spur innovative solutions to human trafficking challenges. The Partnership is led by Humanity United, in collaboration with the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of State, and the Department of Labor. Private efforts are supported by Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative, and the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund. The Rethink Supply Chains Challenge is the second of three competitions from the Partnership for Freedom to combat and prevent human trafficking.

Around the world, tens of millions of people are estimated to be in modern slavery.  The ILO estimates that 14.2 million people are victims of forced labor in private economic activities, such as agriculture, construction, domestic work or manufacturing. Goods produced with forced labor, a form of modern slavery, are consistently making their way into the global economy, and into our lives, through complex and opaque supply chains.

“The scope of this issue is enormous,” said Randy Newcomb, President and CEO of Humanity United. “We need new actors, new skills, new data, new ideas and new energy to improve anti-trafficking efforts around the world.”

The Rethink Supply Chains Challenge seeks new ideas, tools, and efforts that use technology to combat and prevent this problem in global supply chains. Solvers are encouraged to submit solutions that focus on one or more of the following areas: elevating workers’ voices, improving the transparency and accountability of labor recruitment, and enabling better traceability of commodities, products, and labor conditions in high-risk supply chains.

The Rethink Supply Chains Challenge will accept submissions until December 13, 2015. Up to five teams or organizations will be selected to advance as finalists, and each awarded a prize package of $20,000 in cash as well as supporting services, which includes admission to a Finalist Accelerator, with an in-person Finalist Boot Camp and access to expert mentorship to further develop their concept. One grand-prize winner and one runner-up winner will be announced in April 2016 and awarded $250,000 and $50,000 in cash, respectively.

We look forward to seeing solutions from top innovators as we join together to fight labor trafficking in global supply chains.

Learn more about the Challenge criteria here, and be sure to sign up to receive email updates.

Humanity United, U.S. Government Agencies, and Private Donors Launch Competition to Combat Labor Trafficking

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oct. 28, 2015 – Today, the Partnership for Freedom launched Rethink Supply Chains: The Tech Challenge to Fight Labor Trafficking, an innovation challenge that calls for technological solutions that identify and address labor trafficking in global supply chains for goods and services. The Challenge will award $500,000 in prizes and services.

The Partnership for Freedom is a public-private partnership that aims to spur innovative solutions to human trafficking challenges. The Partnership is led by Humanity United, a foundation dedicated to building peace and advancing human freedom, in collaboration with the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of State, and the Department of Labor. Private efforts are supported by Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative, and the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund.

Around the world, tens of millions of people are estimated to be in modern slavery.  The ILO estimates that 14.2 million people are victims of forced labor in private economic activities, such as agriculture, construction, domestic work or manufacturing. Goods produced with forced labor, a form of modern slavery, often make their way into the global economy, and into our lives, through complex and opaque supply chains. The Rethink Supply Chains Challenge seeks new ideas, tools, and efforts that use technology to combat and prevent this problem in global supply chains.

“The scope of this issue is enormous,” said Randy Newcomb, President and CEO of Humanity United. “We need new actors, new skills, new data, new ideas and new energy to improve anti-trafficking efforts around the world.”

“Forced labor has no place in our global supply chains nor in the goods and services we buy every day. We look forward to the innovative ideas and designs we anticipate from this Challenge as we seek to eliminate human trafficking from the global marketplace,” said Ambassador Susan Coppedge of the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

Rethink Supply Chains encourages solvers to focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • Workers’ Voices: Tools that help workers to share information and foster community, access resources, and report labor violations to businesses, governments, NGOs, or each other in the most safe and secure ways possible.
  • Recruitment: Tools to improve the transparency and accountability of the labor recruitment process, encourage responsible practices for employers and recruiters, and empower workers to more safely navigate the recruitment process.
  • Traceability: Technologies that enable businesses, workers, governments, and NGOs to track, map, and/or share information on commodities, products, and labor conditions in supply chains at high risk of forced labor.

Initial submissions for Rethink Supply Chains will be accepted until December 13, 2015. Up to five teams or organizations will be selected to advance as finalists. Finalists will each be awarded a prize package of $20,000 in cash as well as supporting services, which include admission to a Finalist Accelerator, with an in-person Finalist Boot Camp and access to expert mentorship to further develop their concept. One grand-prize winner and one runner-up winner will be announced in April 2016 and awarded $250,000 and $50,000, respectively.

The Challenge is the second in a series of three competitions dedicated to spurring innovative solutions to end human trafficking, and follows the Reimagine: Opportunity challenge, which focused on solutions to support victims of human trafficking in the United States.

For Challenge rules and to submit a concept, visit: http://www.partnershipforfreedom.org

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About Humanity United

Established in 2005, Humanity United is a U.S.-based foundation dedicated to building peace and advancing human freedom. At home and in the corners of the globe where these ideals are challenged most, we lead, support, and collaborate with a broad network of efforts, ideas, and organizations that share our vision of a world free of conflict and injustice. Humanity United is part of the Omidyar Group, which represents the philanthropic, personal, and professional interests of Pierre and Pam Omidyar. Learn more at www.humanityunited.org, @HumanityUnited and Facebook.com/humanityunited. Humanity United is part of The Omidyar Group: www.omidyargroup.com.

Announcing Rethink Supply Chains, the Second Innovation Challenge from Partnership for Freedom

Today we are excited to announce Rethink Supply Chains: The Tech Challenge to Combat Labor Trafficking at the 5th anniversary celebration of Challenge.gov. With $500,000 in prizes, the Challenge will launch this fall and calls for innovative technologies to identify and address labor trafficking in global supply chains for goods and services. Innovators will be invited to submit entries that help corporations, governments, and NGOs understand where trafficking occurs in supply chains and track and respond to labor violations, elevate the voices of workers, and improve accountability in foreign labor recruitment.

The Challenge is our second of three innovation competitions designed to spur innovative solutions to human trafficking challenges. This Challenge will support our work to bring new actors, new skills, new ideas, and new energy to the fight against global labor trafficking.

Since 2010, the federal government has launched more than 440 challenges with prizes totaling over $150 million. At today’s event, which was hosted by the White House, the Case Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, and Georgetown University, teams and individuals were recognized for pushing the bar on prize design and execution, and for future commitments to open innovation. We’re thrilled to have Partnership Freedom included in this very impressive line-up.

Stay tuned for more information, and be sure to join our email list to receive Challenge updates.