Call to action: Free2work app
Shop ethically with Free2Work, where you can learn which brands guard against supply chain slavery and which do not, and join our research movement.
The Free2Work app lets consumers scan the barcodes of products and avoid buying products which are at high risk of being made with forced or bonded labour.
WHAT CAN AN APP DO TO combat MODERN SLAVERY?
Most of our everyday products - from the food we eat to the clothes we wear - are made by people who work in indecent conditions. Some are even produced by people trapped in slavery. Shop ethically with Free2Work, where you can learn which brands guard against abuse and which do not. Browse through ratings in apparel, chocolate and electronics before making a purchase. Join the movement by scanning product barcodes to find out whether companies are transparent, and help our research by petitioning those that are not.
We consumers have a voice through our retail purchasing power. We need to evaluate what we buy. We need to ask "who made my product?" and avoid buying products that depend on forced or bonded labour.
History of the free2work app
The Free2Work app was first developed by Not For Sale and the International Labor Rights Forum. From 2011 to 2013, the project ranked brands' efforts to mitigate supply chain slavery in key sectors, providing consumers with A-F company grades based on over 150 performance indicators. The metrics looked at how companies ensure decent conditions at factories, farms and other supply chain levels. The project put out a series of comprehensive industry reports that assessed over 500 brands' efforts in apparel, electronics and chocolate. It also provided companies with consulting and a roadmap for improvement.
HELP US REVAMP THE APP
TAF is redeveloping the Free2Work app and rating tool, which are set to be released in February 2018. The updated version will include a new company rating tool, crowd-source research features, the ability for consumers to scan products for grades and demand company transparency where it is missing, and new community and campaign features. Check back in over the coming months to provide feedback!