We envision a world without slavery. We therefore work towards a world where every worker and survivor within the global work force, is ensured the right to be a true ASSET to the global community, fulfilling their human birthright and potential.
The Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET), founded in 2007 by humanitarian and Emmy winning actress Julia Ormond, is an advocacy NGO, 501(c)3 dedicated to reducing and stopping enslavement and trafficking before it starts, and delivering human rights. We believe in changing the system.
WHAT WE DO
We work to enable the most effective points of engagement for everyone on the planet to take part in dramatic, lasting, positive change. We identify, create, advance and support systemic solutions to that end.
We believe that, in some part, we are directly causing and connected to forced labor. Within the entire spectrum of enslavement, trafficking and forced labor, the largest group impacted is within agriculture and mining. For every 1 person forced into sex-trafficking, 4 people around the world are forced to work.
ASSET identified in 2007 that a critical stumbling block to corporate participation in ending forced labor, was legally enabled denial around their human rights practices in our supply chains. This compromised good corporate actors in the space; honest, public dialogue around their challenges, and denied us the opportunity to evaluate “good, better, best” practices.
ASSET was the source, co-sponsor and organizer of the game-changing, global legislation, the Transparency in Supply Chains (TISC) Act which passed with the support of many others, in 2010 and became law in CA in 2012.
ASSET went on to collaborate with Unseen UK around the upgrade and inclusion of TISC in the UK Modern Slavery Act of 2015.
AREAS OF FOCUS
We focus on three interdependent activities to align and scale TISC’s global reach and impact:
- Creation of a data-driven, credible, neutral transparency tech interface.
- Building an Alliance in alignment with our values of stake-holder collaboration that will:
- Conduct ongoing inquiry around TISC’s needs and potential.
- Strategically maximize remedy, and turn Human Rights benchmarks and goals into strategic steps for future TISC roll-out.
- Determine the cost to end forced labor
- Advocate specifically for increased resources for systemic solutions in global supply chains, and ensure that resources are allocated proportionately to meet the needs of all issue profiles.
Our data shows that a month before the passage of the TISC Act over 67,000 concerned consumer emails sent to over 780 brands had generated only 58 responses.
Today, more than 16,000 companies are legally required to disclose their best practices around social impact, human rights, and eradicating trafficking and forced labor. The companies affected by the UK and CA legislation are beginning to break denial and many are embarking on the challenging journey of engaging with the issue.
The new environment enabled by this legislation, has supported the solutions and scaling of the many non-profits who work to improve best practices. Their critical insights and experience generously shared with ASSET, helped us together create legislation that enables a market which amplifies their work, and for innovative new solutions to flourish.
California is the 6th largest economy on the globe. We found that 1,961 U.S. as well as Foreign companies evaluated in 2016 had combined global revenue of $48.4 Trillion.