Winners announced in technology competition to fight labor trafficking in seafood supply chains

The developers of a digital assessment tool to help identify the risk of labour trafficking in the seafood supply chain have won $250,000 to advance the technology.

The winning technology is a collaboration between Sustainability Incubator, an advisory firm that helps seafood companies improve sustainability and tackle human rights issues, and Trace Register, a traceability software company.

They will receive a $250,000 grant to support the Labor Safe Digital Certificate, a digital risk assessment tool that will help seafood suppliers and major retailers screen for risks of forced labour and address high-risk zones in their supply chains.

The Labor Safe Digital Certificate was awarded the grand prize as winner of the Rethink Supply Chains Challenge, launched last year by the Partnership for Freedom.

The competition looked for technological solutions to help identify and address labour trafficking in global supply chains.

Catherine Chen, director of investments of Humanity United, which coordinates the Partnership for Freedom, said she hoped the technologies would help create greater transparency and visibility for businesses, workers and governments. “The presence of forced labour in corporate supply chains is a systemic problem that has been difficult to address,” she said.

Katrina Nakamura of Sustainability Incubator said: “The challenge has validated our efforts to rethink the opportunities for traceability to help combat modern slavery in seafood supply chains. “We now have the resources needed to develop the technology to combine product tracking and slavery risk identification.”

Good World Solutions was the runner-up winner and will receive a $50,000 (£34,000) grant to develop its LaborLink mobile technology for improving visibility of trafficked workers by capturing and analysing worker feedback.

The five finalists in the competition also received $20,000 (£14,000) and support from subject matter experts to further develop their solutions.

The winners will spend the next year developing their proposed solutions, and will launch them and by the middle of next year.

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