On 5 November 2015, Baptist World Aid Australia was thrilled to be selected as a 2015 Freedom Award winner by Anti-Slavery Australia.
The award recognises the contribution to anti-slavery and trafficking initiatives made by Baptist World Aid Australia’s Behind the Barcode campaign, particularly through The Australian Fashion Report.
“At the same time as the campaign empowers consumers to make ethical choices, it also empowers workers to raise themselves out of poverty by earning a living wage,” said Associate Professor Jennifer Burn, the Director of Anti- Slavery Australia.
As the sister of The Electronic Industry Trends Report, The Australian Fashion Report grades fashion companies on how resistant their processes of production are to being exploited by trafficking, forced labour and child labour. The Fashion Industry has made remarkable progress thanks to the media attention generated by the report and the action taken by Australians like you.
“This parallel benefit is an uplifting reminder of how, through increased awareness and education, we can empower people from different sides of the Barcode towards the common goal of ending slavery and exploitation,” said Associate Professor Burn.
“We were delighted to offer Baptist World Aid a 2015 Freedom Award in recognition of the significant contribution that their Behind the Barcode campaign has made in addressing labour exploitation.”
Of the four 2015 Freedom Award recipients, Baptist World Aid Australia was the only organisation to be honoured with this incredible recognition. Download the report or order an Ethical Fashion Guide: www.behindthebarcode.org.au