A business that has made a significant impact in its response to modern slavery.

We would like to see examples of how a business has created real impact, either within your organisation or the wider sector. For example, do you know a business championing worker voices? Is your business actively raising the profile of the issue? Do you work with a business that has significantly improved its modern slavery approach?

A business that has created an innovative approach to tackling worker exploitation.

We are looking for examples of new ways to tackle worker exploitation. This could be the development of new supply chain traceability technology, a new way of conducting worker wellbeing, or perhaps a new collaborative approach that is making a real impact.

A business focused on developing excellent supplier engagement, providing support and guidance to suppliers, and helping them improve their approach to tackling modern slavery.

Collaboration is key to tackling modern slavery and high supplier engagement can help to reduce the risk. We expect to see evidence of a business that has worked closely with suppliers to tackle modern slavery, perhaps through a programme of awareness raising, supporting with the remediation process, working with a supplier that was initially unaware of the issue or introducing new measures that encourage transparency and knowledge sharing in regards to modern slavery approaches. 

A supplier who works collaboratively and has made significant progress in understanding the issue, seeks to educate others, and is committed to improving processes to reduce risks in the supply chain.

We expect to see evidence of how a supplier is tackling worker exploitation. Is your supplier an SME that has written a modern slavery statement despite not being legally required to do so? Is your supplier actively pushing to improve their recruitment strategy and conduct thorough due diligence of third-party recruitment agencies? Is your supplier working in a high-risk area and taking appropriate measures to navigate this? If so, we want to hear from you!

individual awards

An individual in a business that has gone above and beyond to tackle modern slavery.

We are looking for someone that has taken the lead to combat worker exploitation. This could be through spearheading an organisation's modern slavery strategy, rolling-out a modern slavery training programme, or encouraging collaboration with the wider anti-trafficking sector.

An individual that has made a tangible difference to the lives of the workforce in their organisation.

Do you know someone who has taken it upon themselves to educate others, has prioritised modern slavery within their team or who continues to challenge and improve current practices? We anticipate this to be awarded to an individual who is not in a senior leadership role.

A personal award, presented by Unseen, to an individual who has demonstrated fantastic support of Unseen and the sector. 

This award will be decided by Unseen, its trustees, and the judging panel, and is not open to nominations.

judging panel

All submissions will be reviewed by our expert panel of judges:

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Dame Sara Thornton, DBE, QPM

Consultant Modern Slavery, CCLA and Former UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner 

Mark Heath
Mark Heath

Director, Mercaston Solutions Ltd, and Former Deputy Director, Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA)

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Helle Bank Jørgensen

CEO and Founder, Competent Boards

Loree Gourley

Partner, EY Financial Services Climate Change and Sustainability Services

judging criteria

All nominations will be assessed against four key criteria: commitment, collaboration, innovation and impact. Please see the judging guidelines below for more information on what the judges will be looking for.

Nominations closed on the 4 August 2023. All shortlisted nominees and their nominators will be contacted by the end of August, and the winners will be announced on the 21 September at our Business Conference and Awards at the Kia Oval, London. 

Thank you for your submissions!

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