Outland Denim shortlisted for 2018 Thomson Reuters Foundation Stop Slavery Award

AFC Members Outland Denim have been shortlisted for the 2018 Thomson Reuters Foundation Stop Slavery Award, as one of six businesses leading the way worldwide in efforts to fight forced labour.

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The Award, launched in 2015 by the philanthropic arm of the world's biggest news and information provider, is the first global recognition for businesses that have set a gold standard in efforts to eradicate forced labour from their supply chains. Fellow nominees include Apple, ABP UK, Thai Union Group and Unilever.

Winners will be announced at the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s annual human rights forum Trust Conference, on November 14 in London, where Outland Denim’s founder and CEO James Bartle will be in attendance.

"Outland Denim is honoured to be shortlisted in the 2018 Thomson Reuters Foundation Stop Slavery Award… Outland Denim began in 2011 to combat the plight of young women caught up in human trafficking and sexual exploitation. We spent five years developing a unique employment framework that eventually proved to be the most vital tool in allowing our staff to rise above their circumstances and become the agents of their own success."

Outland Denim’s founder and CEO James Bartle

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) and Walk Free Foundation estimate that today there are 40.3 million slaves.

Women and girls are disproportionately affected by modern slavery, accounting for 28.7 million, or 71 per cent of the overall total.

The ILO adds that forced labour generates $150 billion in illegal profits every year.

"Business, the media and the public have a significant part to play in setting a new standard and finally eradicating modern slavery from global supply chains”

James Bartle



The nomination comes off the back of an extraordinary year for the Australian based ethical denim brand after it was awarded an A+ in the Baptist World Aid Ethical Fashion Report, became the first Australian denim brand to acquire B Corporation Ⓡ status and was accepted as a signatory to the UN Global Compact.

Outland Denim is passionate about creating versatile, high-quality wardrobe staples that provide employment and training opportunities to young women who have experienced sexual exploitation, slavery, poverty and other human rights abuses. Outland’s jeans are crafted by its team of seamstresses using the finest, responsibly sourced raw materials from around the world in its stand-alone production facility in Cambodia. The brand is a part of the global movement toward a fashion industry that promotes human dignity while reducing environmental impact.

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