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February 02, 2016

Foundation Seeks Proposals for Tech Tools to Fight Slavery

A San Francisco-based anti-slavery foundation is teaming with federal agencies and other groups to develop technological tools to track and combat the use of forced labor worldwide, writes The Wall Street Journal. Humanity United announced five finalists Monday for an initial round of grants in a contest seeking new ways to eliminate slavery from increasingly complex and global product supply chains.

The charity is working with the State and Justice departments and other government bodies on the competition, which comes amid growing scrutiny of how multinational companies source food and other goods. The International Labor Organization estimates there are more than 14 million victims of forced labor, and allegations of slavery in the seafood industry in Southeast Asia have fueled headlines and changes in corporate policy.

Contest proposals include tools for supply-chain mapping and systems for workers to report exploitative conditions via text message. The winner and runner-up will be chosen in April.

Read a Chronicle of Philanthropy article on philanthropists focusing resources and attention on labor trafficking, including Humanity United founders Pierre and Pam Omidyar.