I came across an interesting article about a program called Free2Work run by the anti-slavery organization Not4Sale. Actually I think Carolina may have posted about this before, but I just rediscovered it. Free2Work grades products on a A-F scale “based on the tangible steps that a company has taken to demonstrate that it has zero tolerance for forced labour in its supply chain…The Free2Work tool can be downloaded as an app on the Android and iPhone. Walk into a store and scan the price tag and you can learn the story behind its bar code.” I downloaded the Android version and couldn’t find the scanner feature, but it still has a cool feature that lets you browse companies and view their slave labor grade, and the methodology behind the calculation. Check it out for yourself.
I also took a survey that uses your responses to various lifestyle questions to “find out how many slaves work for you.” If you complete the survey, you can make some inferences about the ways in which common items of our consumption may have been produced using slave labor, just from the questions they ask about your habits. According to my results, 45 slaves work for me; find out how many slaves work for you: http://www.slaveryfootprint.org/.