Welcome to our News page. Here, we keep records of our featured news, items, and studies directly relevant to our ongoing work to end slavery. You can also view an archive of our previous email newsletters.
Featured News and Media
Julia Ormond speaks at the Skoll World Forum in a conference about Aha! Moments. Ms. Ormond discusses what led to her to grasp human trafficking's challenge and begin working on systemic solutions to end it (begins at 53:09)
Bill Clinton praises ASSET's effort's to end slavery in corporate supply chains.
iPoint and Development International released a comprehensive benchmark report on California's Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (CA-TISC), with the Forward written by Julia Ormond.
Overall, the study found improvements on all fronts: greater levels of anti-slavery compliance, greater disclosure rates, and a greater number of more in-depth disclosures overall. The increased compliance not only demonstrates how laws like CA-TISC can be effective, but also that slave labor is getting increased scrutiny around the world.
This webinar delves further into iPoint's and Development International's study which evaluates companies' anti-slavery disclosure compliance under the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act. You will need to fill out the registration form on the page to view the webinar.
You can also download a pdf copy of the presentation here.
The Corporate Social Responsibility Network has published an article on iPoint's and Development International's study on California's Transparancy in Supply Chains Act.
Julia Ormond gives an interview with Triple Pundit about how ASSET is continuing to work in a changing political environment and about the experiences that motivated her to work to end slavery.
Julia Ormond speaks in the video "How Movies Teach Us about Purpose." She speaks about seeing how widespread it is first hand and how that drove her desire to change the system and eliminate slavery. She also speaks about how ASSET, average citizens, businesses, and legislatures all have a role in reducing slavery. Ms. Ormond begins speaking right after 12:00.
Julia Ormond and ASSET contributed to this Deloitte report, published in October 2015, on how global citizens, private enterprises, and NGOs can work together to end slavery.
Archived News and Media
July 23, 2017: Watch The Economist's mini-documentary on how lawmakers, NGOs and companies are working together to end slave labor. The documentary showcases ASSET's work on CA-TISC, focus on promoting greater transparency in supply chains, and bringing companies in support of the legislation.
March 31, 2017: Read NPR's story on labor trafficking in the United States and how it contributes to modern slavery.
March 15, 2017: Read the U.N. Secretary-General remarks at the Ministerial Open Debate on Trafficking in Persons in Conflict Situations
March 12, 2017: Machine Learning: A New Weapon in the War Against Forced Labor and Human Trafficking -- Researchers are beginning to use machine learning and other statistical tools to track the risk of forced labor in supply chains. In the future, businesses and consumers will be able to use these tools to produce and shop responsibly.
March 8, 2017: Sold into China for Marriage -- Myanmarese women from states bordering China and other neighboring countries are being coerced into forced marriages
The Corporate Social Responsibility Network has published an article on iPoint's and Development International's study on California's Transparency in Supply Chains Act.
March 3, 2017: Apple Cracks Down Further on Cobalt Supplier in Congo as Child Labor Persists -- Washington Post
November 17, 2016 [Video]: Julia Ormond speaks at Social Innovation Summit 2016 about how slave labor remains prominent and what companies and consumers can do to reduce it.
April 11, 2016: Modern Slavery - Closer Than You Think?
January 29, 2016 [Video]: Julia Ormond 30 Second Spot Against Human Trafficking and Slavery
April 28, 2015 [Featuring Video: Julia Ormond Speaks at the Milken Institute's Transforming Global Supply Chains to Be Humane and Ethical
January 12, 2015: Fighting Modern Slavery Through Data and Information Sharing
May 23, 2012 [Video]: Julia Ormond Speaks about Supply Chain Slavery at the 2012 Oslo Freedom Forum
May 25, 2011: Slavery and Supply Chains
October 21, 2010: Transparency in Supply Chains Act Is Now Law
October 19, 2010 [Features Video]: Larry King Takes on Modern Slavery