We are a catalyst in the global effort to end modern slavery, working in the countries and sectors where it is most prevalent. We invest in and partner with organisations and communities on the frontlines of ending slavery and exploitation.
By partnering with survivors and those at risk of slavery as well as visionary investors, governments and anti-slavery organisations, we bring together the knowledge, capital and will needed to dismantle the systems that allow slavery to exist and thrive.
Through our investments and support, we aim to shift power, so that frontline organisations and communities can shape and drive the change required to bring modern slavery to an end.
Multiple evaluations have found that the Freedom Fund’s labour interventions stop abuses, protect workers and change structural conditions to keep families out of bonded labour in our 1,100 target villages in northern and southern India. In 2022, Harvard Business School published a case study about the Freedom Fund. The case is available for purchase here.
1. Work on the frontlines: We partner with frontline organisations to directly combat slavery in defined regions where it is highly concentrated. We do this by setting up “hotspot” projects – clusters of the most effective community-based organisations in these regions. Partnering with these organisations in some of the world’s poorest and most marginalised communities is difficult, demanding and time intensive, but it is also one of the most effective ways to achieve large scale and sustainable impact.
2. Drive systemic change: We tackle the underlying systems that allow slavery to persist. We do this in our hotspots, engaging the government, private sector, media, social movements and other key drivers of change. We also do it through our Global Initiatives, by catalysing action on selected issues and industries that have a direct link to our hotspots.
3. Strengthen the anti-slavery infrastructure globally: We empower the anti-slavery movement, with our Movement Building Initiatives providing platforms, tools and knowledge for organisations to connect and work together more effectively.
4. Raise capital: We bring new funding and innovative investors into the anti-slavery space, with the goal of mobilising the capital needed to work on the frontlines, drive systemic change and strengthen the anti-slavery infrastructure globally.