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Corporate accountability

Ecosystem building

The quest for corporate accountability in cases of forced labour is pivotal to the systemic eradication of modern slavery. With emerging enforceable standards for responsible business conduct and a growing number of legal actions against multinational corporations, there’s newfound momentum to foster accountability and justice for global supply chain workers.

In 2021, The Freedom Fund initiated a comprehensive scoping study to analyse the involvement of frontline NGOs and lawyers from the Global South in legal actions for corporate accountability related to forced labour. This study assessed the accountability frameworks within Thailand, Malaysia, and The Philippines, revealing a stark absence of structured pathways for local stakeholders to engage in transnational legal strategies. The connective tissue and resources necessary to maintain such actions are often out of reach, leaving little room for local actors to consider these complext legal avenues.

Advancing corporate accountability in global supply chains

The Freedom Fund is committed to supporting a stronger and more connected global corporate accountability movement to challenge exploitative practices. With our Corporate Accountability Global Initiative, we’re excited to embark on an ecosystem-building venture designed to amplify the capacities of Global South-based NGOs, lawyers, and activists. Our vision is to broaden the scope of entities pursuing targeted interventions against forced labour, aiming to craft a robust global case pipeline that delivers justice.



Strengthen frontline capabilities

We aim to support local civil society groups to access the tools and knowledge needed to embark on accountability interventions against corporations implicated in forced labour, including through cross-learning and in-country consultants providing hands-on technical assistance.


Facilitate strategic connections

By bridging local groups with global and regional experts, we're nurturing collaborations that champion sustainable transnational corporate accountability strategies. These alliances will reflect the needs and insights of those individuals in situation of forced labour.


Build the case pipeline

Our strategy includes distributing grants to local civil society groups to catalyse transnational accountability initiatives, prioritising actions that lay the foundation for strategic legal challenges through in-depth legal and factual investigations and case building and to provide support for risk mitigation strategies for initiators of strategic litigation, frontline activists, human rights defenders, and local communities.