unseen business awards

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nominations now open

Does your business champion ethical practices? Stand out as an industry leader in the fight against modern slavery.

The Unseen Business Awards seek to recognise the important work, achievements and commitment shown by businesses tackling modern slavery, and to inspire more businesses to join the fight.

Nominations close on 19 July 2024 at 23.59pm.

why enter the awards?

Gain industry recognition for your commitment to ethical practices

Network with like-minded businesses driving positive change

Enhance your brand reputation as a leader in social responsibility

Benchmark your progress against industry peers

Attract and retain talent and consumers who value ethical sourcing

who can enter?

All businesses and individuals taking meaningful action to tackle modern slavery are encouraged to enter. We welcome entries from any size or sector, as long as the project or initiative is recent (conducted within the past 2 years). Showcase your comprehensive efforts – apply for multiple awards to highlight your impact!

hear from past winners...

“Being recognised by such an important organisation in the modern slavery landscape as Unseen is an honour. The Unseen Business Awards were a great opportunity to make connections with organisations and individuals who are working purposefully towards exposing and eradicating this heinous crime.”

Madeline Fitton – winner of the 2023 individual impact award
Head of Growth – Supply Management, Sodexo

“As a guest facing business, the public are more aware of and interested in the social and ethical practices of the businesses they engage with. Winning the Business Impact Award has amplified our commitment to tackling modern slavery at Shiva Hotels with our guests.”

Caroline Lowe – winner of the 2023 business impact award
Head of People, Shiva Hotels

“Winning the Innovation Award was a real morale booster; it was great to receive recognition for the new approaches that we’d been pioneering over the previous few months.”

Emma Crates – winner of the 2023 innovation award
Business and Human Rights Lead, Marshalls

award categories

The Unseen Business Awards celebrate exceptional efforts in the fight against modern slavery across two categories: Business Awards and Individual Awards.

We present five awards in total, acknowledging a range of contributions that drive positive change.

BUSINESS AWARDS

This award recognises a business demonstrating significant progress in eradicating modern slavery from its operations or supply chain. 

This award celebrates a business pioneering new approaches to identify and address worker exploitation. 

Recognising the power of teamwork, this award celebrates businesses fostering successful partnerships to combat modern slavery. 

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

This award honours individuals who have spearheaded efforts to combat modern slavery within their organisation or with the wider sector. 

This prestigious award, presented by Unseen, acknowledges an individual’s exceptional support for Unseen’s mission. The winner is chosen internally by Unseen and its trustees. It is not open to nominations.

Submit your nomination for the Unseen Business Awards

our judges

Our esteemed judging panel comprises leading experts from various sectors, each with a proven track record in combating modern slavery. Their diverse expertise ensures a rigorous and fair evaluation process.

judging criteria

All nominations will be assessed against four key criteria:

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impact - judging criteria for Unseen Business Awards
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Please see the nomination guidelines below for more information on what the judges will be looking for, and further details on award categories.

step-by-step guide on nomination process

Download the nomination guidelines for details on award categories and criteria

Prepare your nomination highlighting an impactful project or achievement from the past two years

Submit your nomination using the form below by the end of 19 July at 23.59pm.

Shortlisted nominees will be contacted by the end of August

Winners will be announced at our Unseen Business Awards show on 19 September

make a nomination and showcase your impact!

Recognise your business’s leadership in ethical practices. Nominate a champion for the Unseen Business Awards and showcase your commitment to ending modern slavery. Gain industry recognition, network with purpose-driven leaders, and inspire others to join the fight.

Nominations close 19 July at 23.59pm.

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Justine Currell

As I came to understand more about the issue, including through a visit to an Unseen safehouse, I knew I needed to do more to stop this abuse and exploitation.

For the last five years of my Civil Service career, I was the Modern Slavery Senior Policy Advisor in the Home Office and led on development of the Modern Slavery Act, including the transparency in supply chains provision and business guidance.

I joined Unseen to lead the development of the Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline, and Unseen’s work with businesses. I am regularly called upon to present at national and international conferences and use my experience of working with Ministers to influence other governments internationally to take action to address modern slavery and, in particular, business supply chain issues.

In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit, music, reading and travelling.

Andrew Wallis

What ultimately compelled me to act was a report on how people from Eastern Europe were being trafficked through Bristol airport to the USA. Kate Garbers, who went on to be an Unseen Director, and I wrote to all the city councillors, MPs and the Police Chief Constable challenging them on the issue. The challenge came back to us: this city needs safe housing for trafficked women. And so Unseen began.

But we never wanted Unseen to be just about safe housing. We wanted to end slavery once and for all, and that remains our driving focus.

I chaired the working group for the Centre for Social Justice’s landmark report “It Happens Here: Equipping the United Kingdom to Fight Modern Slavery”. This is now acknowledged as the catalyst behind the UK’s Modern Slavery Act of 2015. It was a great honour to be awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours that year. On the other hand, I’ve also been described as “the loveliest disrupter you could ever hope to meet”.

This job has taken me from building flat-pack furniture for safehouses, to working with businesses to address slavery in supply chains, to delivering training, raising awareness and advising governments around the world.

When not at work, I enjoy travelling, spending time with my dog Harley, cooking, supporting Liverpool and Yorkshire CC, music (I’m a former DJ) and endurance events such as the Three Peaks Challenge and Tribe Freedom Runs – which I vow never to do again. Until the next time.