We are building a robust knowledge base to inform action, driving legislative change in key countries and harnessing the power of businesses and faiths.
Through a combination of direct implementation, grassroots community engagement, and working in partnership with faiths, businesses, academics, NGOs, and governments around the world, we work to address slavery and dismantle its core drivers.
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Grace Forrest first visited Nepal as a student when she was 15, and returned a year later to live and work at a rehabilitation and rescue home for women and girls who been subjected to various forms of exploitation. Dismayed by what she had witnessed and the stories she had encountered, on her return she sat at her family’s kitchen table in Perth to discuss what the Forrests could do to alleviate, or play a role in ending, modern slavery. This kitchen table meeting led to the founding of Walk Free.
Not long after, Fortescue Metals Group, of which Andrew Forrest is Chairman, conducted a thorough audit of its supply chains. The company discovered that a contractor serving it and hundreds of other companies around the world used forced and bonded labour as a key part of its supply chains. Andrew determined to form a business-like global strategy to end modern slavery, and envisaged massive campaigns to emerge sequentially but rapidly embrace the entire world.
It’s one thing to know about a terrible problem and not be able to fix it; it is another to know about the problem and have the means to do something about it.
– Andrew Forrest, Co-Founder of Walk Free