What drives us:
The Abolish Foundation exists to create calls-to-action for global systemic problems. Our goals are to build new technology that will aid in bringing both awareness and action to the issues and to aid in supporting survivors through social-impact fundraising campaigns. By partnering with NGO’s who are tackling these issues on the ground, we aim to provide immediate relief, rehabilitation, and education to those directly affected by the issues.
With our current initiatives, our aim is to contribute to the elimination of modern-day slavery in line with SDG target 8.7 (below). We provide research- and evidence-based methods of raising awareness of various human rights issues associated with modern slavery; promote responsible, ethical, and compassionate consumerism; and offer direct support to victims of forced labour, labour exploitation, and worker abuse.
“8.7 – Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms.”
— Goal 8.7, United Nations SDG Declaration (September 2015)
Our vision is a world without forced, bonded, exploitative, or child labour.
- be treated with dignity
- have protected rights
- be provided with fair opportunities to reach their full potential
TAF prioritizes disenfranchised and vulnerable labourers and communities, and all those affected by modern-day slavery regardless of age, race, creed, gender, or social status.
We employ a two-pronged approach to influencing global change:
- Top-down: TAF promotes conscious consumerism worldwide. We are actively working to raise awareness of the idea of responsible buying, wherein products and companies have their supply chains inspected for the presence of slave, forced, bonded, or child labour. The ethical rejection of merchandise and manufacturers with dirty supply chains can encourage corporations to examine and overhaul their production networks and maintain transparency regarding their manufacturing practices.
- Bottom-up: In partnership with other not-for-profit, non-governmental, or charity organizations, TAF identifies industries, areas, and people involved in or affected by modern-day slavery. We institute on-the-ground efforts to combat dirty supply chains and rescue and rehabilitate forced or abused labourers. TAF provides direct services to victims and survivors of modern-day slavery, and, for those who are interested, offers help in promoting anti-slavery activism.
All current TAF initiatives are based on the following objectives:
- promote responsible consumerism that discourages the use of slavery and exploitation in product supply chains;
- encourage voluntary and transparent corporate disclosures regarding supply-chain integrity;
- provide support to former labourers, including healthcare, legal aid, vocational training, higher education, and family reunification;
- build the capacity of other not-for-profit, non-governmental, or charity organizations in developing countries to roll out projects that combat modern-day slavery;
- contribute research on the prevalence of modern-day slavery in supply chains and manufacturing processes to influence policy making, project development, and advocacy.
people with purpose:
Kim Carter has owned and operated a vertically integrated company in the UK; was Founder/Director of publishing companies Carter & Carter Ltd. and Salt Kettle Publishing Ltd.; was Chairman/Director, Macquarie Capital Alliance International Limited; and Director, Macquarie MCG International Limited. Kim is an Independent Director of Macquarie Special Situations Fund Limited (MSSits) and three other related Macquarie entities. In addition to several other directorships, he is a founder of KATKiDS (www.katkids.com), and Co-Founder of TEDxBermuda. In 2007, Kim helped in the rescue and subsequent rehabilitation of 136 trafficked children in Nepal. The children were in appalling physical and mental condition while in the hands of traffickers, but after the rescue and many years of care, they are in good health, with many going on to higher education. All have finally been reunited with their families.
DIRECTOR, TECHNOLOGY AND LEGAL
Zabi Yaqeen is a media and technology lawyer, and a film producer in Toronto, Canada. In addition to acting for and against chartered banks, multinationals, and individual complainants and defendants in court, Zabi has helped filmmakers, technology start-ups, media enterprises, and internet companies with various aspects of their projects, with a focus on emerging media technology and adapting media distribution to the new ways in which audiences consume content. Zabi practiced commercial litigation and entertainment law at Julian Heller and Associates for 8 years before starting his own practice in 2014 and focusing on TAF. He has obtained degrees in both common law and civil law, and practices in English and French.
ADVISOR, CAMPAIGN & ADVOCACY
Kally Dimos is an award-winning business development professional with 25 years in consumer goods. A former Vice President (Business Development, North America) with A. Lassonde Inc, a leading manufacturer and marketer in Canadian food and beverages, Kally has recently established her own business development firm to consult and partner in new growth initiatives. With an MBA specializing in Food and Agribusiness Management, Kally is passionate about social impact. She plans to leverage her vast network and resources to positively affect the policy environment of ethically sourcing food and beverage ingredients.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Following her work in the lifestyle television production and animation industries, Chelsea was the Online Producer for TotallyRandom.TV- an interactive website and webseries for kids. TR was nominated for a Kidscreen Award for best web/app series and was largely funded by the CMF Experimental Stream with Mountain Road Productions. Her experience as a media strategist and passion for new technologies led her to founding a mobile video communications platform where she was awarded a Youth SPARC Award through Invest Ottawa. Chelsea has enjoyed helping many clients develop successful web & mobile software projects as COO of Apexacore Software. She is a proud BFA graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School and Algonquin College’s TV Broadcasting program for which she received a full Millennium Scholarship from the Ontario Centres for Excellence & the Jon Cassar Bursary.
Martin Sieg is a digital media producer with a background in web technology and communication studies. He has been working on web-based projects since the early ‘90s: a pro-democracy newsletter; digital content for educational institutions; an online, animated American Sign Language teaching tool for children; and a variety of web and mobile applications for entertainment and learning.
HEAD OF BUYFAIR DESIGN & RESEARCH
Haley Wrinkle consults companies and organizations on supply chain sustainability and human rights. She formerly co-directed the Free2Work project. Most recently, Haley worked at the International Labor Rights Forum, where she co-led a palm oil campaign that uncovered human trafficking on ethically certified plantations. Haley has worked on efforts for Not For Sale, Behind the Barcode, Conservation International, Rainforest Action Network, Direct Relief, UNI Global Union, and Skymore Ventures.
GRANT CONSULTANT/ GRANT CHAIR COMMITTEE
Haroon Qureshi is a certified project management professional with more than fifteen years of experience under his belt in project design and management, monitoring and evaluation, business analysis, policy review and analysis, fund raising, and research. He is engaged with non-profit sector since 2001 and he has performed on responsible positions in United Nations and KfW, German Development Bank. He has worked on a variety of projects on human rights, viz, poverty eradication, modern slavery, child labour and trafficking, unemployment, gender parity, refugees, green jobs, community infrastructure, community development, and occupational health and safety. His educational background includes Master of Environmental Science from Monash University, Australia, Master of Science in Geography from Punjab University, Pakistan and PGD in Project Management and Business Analysis from CCCITM, Canada.
RESEARCH/ GRANTS COMMITTEE MEMBER
The Abolish foundation:
Sponsors & Partners
Volunteers, supporters, sponsors:
ARGENTINA Leandro Taub – Jonathan Taub AUSTRALIA Nathan & Emma Outteridge – Di Vertigan BERMUDA Choy Aming – Kiernan Bell – Judith Boyce – Alan Burland – Tom Butterfield – Nick Cambell – David Cash – Kirk Caza – Miranda Conway – Heather Conyers – Tom Davis – Marc & Sue Deverteuil – Graham Foster – Eve Foster – Tracey Gibbons – Alan Gilbertson – Lee Greene – Mike Harris – Rebecca Johnston – Sarah Lahoz-Faiella – Judith Landsberg – Jacquie Lohan – Nicholas Lusher – Jeff Manson – Phil Mason – Laura Malloy – Bonnie McGlynn – John McKenna – Lynn Morrell – Francoise Palau-Wolffe – Kim Perdikou – Cory Powell – Graham Pewter – Nolwenn Pugi – Sue Plathe – Aideen Ratteray Pryse – Steven Rees Davies – Jenny Riddell – Sean Riddell – Rebecca Roberts – Astrid Robinson – Richard Simon – Cheryl Staurulakis – Bob Stewart – Manish Thareja – Loris Toppan – Manish Thareja – Niklas Traub – Alessandra Vanorio – James Watlington – Jamie Zebedee – Robert Zuill CANADA Wilf Barnes – Christine Bodt – Lee Carter – Mansa Chintoh – Carolina Chow – Michal Fetsum – Horst Finkbeiner – Vanessa Kambola – Kevin Lau – Samantha Muir – Ricardo Parra – Doreen Sweeny – Mikhail Vinukurov – Justine Wallace – Phil Zavackis – Haroon Qureshi DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Joana Perez Brea PANAMA Martha Arias – Karina Carrero – Pedro Diaz – Paul Farrow – Nicola Feldman – Nico Friedmann – Sofia Friedmann – Lydia Lopez – Alison Otway U.K. Rodney Birrell – Laura Clarke – Anjali Tanna U.S.A. Barbara Bohrer – Kendall Crolius – Shubhi Sinha – Under The Hood Productions – Raiha Zainab