Be Inspired: Living slavery-free

Who are the people tackling slavery and exploitation issues here in Australia and around the world?
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Nick Savaidis

Nick Savaidis (AUS) - Etiko

Nick started Etiko in 2005 providing exploitation-free sportsballs, clothing and footwear in Australia. Etiko works with worker-owned co-operatives in Argentina, and has helped fund the creation of more than 300 micro businesses in Pakistan. Fairtrade certified and winner of multiple sustainability and justice awards.

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Jacqueline Arias (AUS) - Republica

"I realised that the beautiful coffee grown on the lush high altitude mountains of Colombia were being shipped overseas and manufactured into instant coffee by multinationals, then shipped back to Colombia and sold to the locals at hugely inflated prices". Jacqueline Arias is founder of Australia's Republica coffee, well known for its commitment to and advocacy for Fairtrade and organic ingredients. Since 2011 it has also been 100% carbon-neutral.

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Bas van Abel

Bas van Abel (EU) - Fairphone

Six years ago the Amsterdam based company Fairphone started their campaign to create the world’s first “completely fair” smartphone - a product that does not contain conflict minerals (typically gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten) and has fair labour conditions for the workforce along its supply chain. Fairphone 2, now available, is the first modular smartphone - designed to be easily repaired and upgraded. In this talk CEO Bas van Abel asks "Why can’t we open up our products?"

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Greg Valerio

Greg Valerio (UK)

Fairtrade jeweller and activist Greg Valerio won the Global Campaigner award in 2011, and has travelled all over the world to investigate the mining industry and expose the murky business of the trade in gems and precious metals. Co-founder of the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM).

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Greg Valerio

Carolyn Kitto (AUS) - Stop the Traffik

Carolyn Kitto is the co-director of the Australian arm of 'Stop the Traffik' a charity that campaigns against human trafficking and slave labour in the extended supply chain. Here she talks on labour rights in the garment industry (with Josh Cullinan from the Australia Bangladesh Solidarity Network).

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Kevin Bales

Kevin Bales (USA) - How to combat modern slavery

In this moving yet pragmatic talk, Kevin Bales explains the business of modern slavery, a multi-billion dollar economy that underpins some of the worst industries on earth. He shares stats and personal stories from his on-the-ground research - and names the price of freeing every slave on earth right now.

 Lisa Kristine

Lisa Kristine (US) - Photos that bear witness to modern slavery

For the past two years, photographer Lisa Kristine has traveled the world, documenting the unbearably harsh realities of modern-day slavery. She shares hauntingly beautiful images -- miners in the Congo, brick layers in Nepal -- illuminating the plight of the 27 million souls enslaved worldwide.