ISEO Case Studies – Freedom Seal
August 10, 2016
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ISEO Case Studies – Freedom Seal

Freedom Seal Global Inc. was founded in the United States by Rani Hong, a survivor of child trafficking, global anti-slavery campaigner and UN Special Adviser on the Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking. Its purpose is to work towards the eradication of global slavery on all levels.

Today, there are well over 100 global organisations working on anti-slavery and ethical supply chain initiatives. With this said, understanding the scale and depth of this global challenge continues to be a challenge in itself. This is because of the fragmentation of data, with little data sharing occurring between the various parties in any consistent manner and format.

It is widely acknowledged that measuring modern slavery is a difficult undertaking, not least because no single source provides suitable and reliable data on all forms of modern slavery

Global Slavery Index

Freedom Seal has a simple stated mission:

To collaborate with global partners to develop the largest, most comprehensive, anti-slavery intelligent data platform in the world

The International Social Enterprise Observatory (ISEO) funded by the Scottish Government has been working with Freedom Seal Global Inc. since 2018 to convince them that Scotland is the best place for Freedom Seal to have its global base. These discussions successfully led to the formation on 31st October 2019 of Freedom Seal (EMEA) as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).

Freedom Seal (EMEA) has an ambitious aim, to develop the largest, most comprehensive, anti-slavery intelligent data platform in the world. The achievement of this aim will require a three phased development process. Phase 1 will see Freedom Seal seek £3 million of grant and social investment funding in order to fund the system scoping, planning & design phase. Phase 2 will focus on the system development phase which will be funded by corporate founding partners. Phase 3 will see Freedom Seal move into the implementation & operations phase and will be funded by corporate fees. The plan is for Freedom Seal to be operational by 2023.

The ISEO’s work in supporting the development of Freedom Seal has also been match-funded by Glasgow City Council, allowing us to provide in-depth developmental support which includes:

  • Conducting market research into competitive global service offerings;
  • Holding developmental workshops with Freedom Seal, CEIS, and Scottish Enterprise to develop the future service offering;
  • Detailed feasibility & outline business planning;
  • Preparation of a key stakeholder and funder engagement plan;
  • Support to consider legal and organisational structure options and support to set-up the new SCIO.

The ISEO is continuing to support the development of Freedom Seal by engaging directly with key stakeholders and funders in Scotland, the UK and internationally as part of the Phase 1 development process in order to secure the initial investment required to allow this ambitious and world leading social enterprise to take off. Watch this space…

From day one, the ISEO has provided consistently high-quality support to get us to where we are today. Quite simply, without this support we would not have made this progress. We look forward to continuing our relationship with ISEO as we look to enable a step-change in the fight against Modern Slavery

David Capperauld, Freedom Seal Director

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