Walk Free Foundation
“The Walk Free Foundation works to provide an integrated strategy to respond to this scourge against humanity. We believe that a strong multi-faceted approach through a combination of direct implementation, grassroots community engagement and working in partnership with faiths, businesses, academics, NGOs and governments around the world, is needed to end modern slavery. This includes building a robust knowledge base to inform action, driving legislative change in key countries and harnessing the power of businesses and faiths.
The Foundation was launched by Andrew and Nicola Forrest in 2012 and encompasses their vision to end modern slavery globally and provides the information and capabilities required for countries to defeat slavery in their jurisdictions.
GLOBAL SLAVERY INDEX
The Global Slavery Index was developed to accurately measure the prevalence of modern slavery, the strength of government responses and the level of vulnerability to enslavement in 167 countries. This real time intelligence enables countries to develop informed actions to end slavery and to be supported by informed funders.
THE BALI PROCESS GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS FORUM
The Walk Free Foundation was invited to work with the Australian Government on the Bali Process Government and Business Forum. The Forum will bring together Bali Process Ministers and key private sector leaders to examine slavery and trafficking with the aim of adopting an agreed set of principles.
BUSINESS AND MODERN SLAVERY
Business needs to step up and tackle the crisis of modern slavery in supply chains head-on as modern slavery awareness is increasing fast and consumers increasingly demand more responsibility from their favourite brands. Our organisation provides assets for companies in Australia and globally to be informed on how to eradicate slavery from their supply chains and get ahead of the curve on this issue.
SLAVERY AT SEA
Drawing on global research on modern slavery, fisheries catch and trade statistics, we are undertaking research to provide a global analysis of the scale of the slavery in the fisheries sector.
GLOBAL FREEDOM NETWORK
The Global Freedom Network was formed in late 2013 and has brought together faith leaders from across the world, bridging cultural, religious and political divides to pledge an end to modern slavery by 2020. Further commitments have been made by an additional 27 faith leaders who signed the Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders Against Modern Slavery in Australia, India and Indonesia.
The Walk Free Foundation is one of three founding partners, alongside Humanity United and the Legatum Group, of the Freedom Fund – the world’s first private donor fund to bring financial resources, strategic focus and robust analysis to grassroots partners in the fight against modern slavery. The Fund aims to raise US$100 million by 2020 for smart anti-slavery investments in the countries and sectors where it is most needed.
Freedom United was launched as WalkFree.org in 2012 as a global community with a shared vision of a world free from modern slavery. After incubating WalkFree.org over the past four years, leadership of the Movement was passed over to U.S.- based Audacity Factory, an accelerator and collaborative focused on ending modern slavery. In just four short years, the organisation has grown to a global community of over 8 million people who have driven 35 campaign wins and held over 200 events.
GLOBAL FUND TO END SLAVERY
We are collaborating with the Global Fund to End Slavery in recognition of the need for government developed and driven, fully budgeted, strategies to end modern slavery. The Fund aspires to build a unique public-private partnership to leverage unprecedented levels of resources to dismantle the systems of slavery. These funds will be invested to scale effective anti-slavery interventions in partnership with nation states.”