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Our vision, mission, strategy and values

OUR VISION is a world free from slavery.

OUR MISSION is to work directly and indirectly with beneficiaries and stakeholders from a grassroots to an international level to eradicate slavery and its causes from the world.

OUR STRATEGY

We believe a world free from slavery will occur when ‘top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’ activities coincide – when people affected by slavery become empowered to claim their rights, when societies and institutions adopt new social norms to reject slavery; and when governments and businesses provide laws and policies to protect people from slavery and implement them through robust practice.

To achieve that we use the following approaches:
  • Enabling people to leave slavery – through exemplar frontline projects with local partners, building their capacity to effectively tackle human rights abuses through research and awareness raising in their own countries
  • Helping victims of slavery – with frontline work ensuring they access the psychological and legal support they need to recover and obtain justice and compensation
  • Supporting the empowerment of people to be better protected from slavery – again working at grass roots level, to help communities demand respect for their human rights and tackle the root causes of slavery through access to education and the elimination of caste and gender inequality
  • Identifying ways in which abuses can be brought to an end, demonstrating how our frontline work empowers individuals and communities to sustainably leave, or obtain protection from, slavery
  • Our advocacy and programme work are closely linked, as we convey to key decision makers the messages of victims and recommendations from local partners for an effective eradication of slavery.
See our strategy for the next five years: Organisational Strategy 2015-2020

OUR VALUES
We aim to demonstrate the following values through our work, both internally and externally:

Transformative

We work at all levels for long-term, sustainable, systemic change, challenging power structures, persisting until our aims have been achieved.

Authoritative

We are a knowledgeable and reliable organisation whose positions are developed through sustained human rights-based work with affected peoples and communities, and through rigorous, evidence-based research.

Ethical

We are an independent organisation whose decisions, actions and positions are drawn from a human rights-based approach to driving targeted social change, are consistently applied and are not shaped by vested interests such as governments or corporations.

Equitable

We are committed to fairness, non-discrimination and mutual respect, both internally and externally, in all of our decisions and actions, and the impartial fulfilment of each person’s human rights and dignity, including where this may involve taking affirmative action in favour of disadvantaged individuals and groups.

Accountable

We are responsible to a range of groups and individuals, both internally and externally, for the integrity of our actions and decisions, demonstrated through a proactive culture of openness and transparency.

Collaborative

We are strengthened by working together, through respectful, participatory collaboration and consultation, proactively identifying and involving marginalised and vulnerable groups.


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© Pete Pattisson

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