Every bottle of kombucha sold supports survivors of human trafficking into lifelong wholeness and freedom.
We equip and encourage survivors of human trafficking to gain meaningful employment through real-life training, job opportunities and partnerships. We're committed to working with survivors of trafficking to provide long-term, sustainable and hope-filled solutions for their future, to reduce the likelihood of further exploitation.
We are pioneering new ways for business to end modern-day slavery:
- One in every four people we employ at HOLOS will be a survivor of human trafficking.
- We help survivors of human trafficking gain confidence and employability skills through funding spaces on the leading UK employability programme for survivors: the Day 46 Programme. This programme was developed by the Sophie Hayes Foundation in 2016, and is used as a best practice model for parliamentary inquiries, research and development of employability. The programme combines workshops, coaching and employability placements.
- We only work with ethical suppliers, to ensure fair treatment throughout our global supply chain. In the longer-term, we aim to partner with international organisations that specifically provide work for potential victims and survivors of trafficking, tackling the issue of employability internationally.
WHAT IS HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
Wherever you are reading this from, you’re probably not too far away from a slave. There’s the obvious places, like nail bars, sex clubs, marijuana farms. And the less obvious places, like the millionaires house next door, a building site or a bedroom in an apartment down the road. In 2015, 3,266 victims from Albania, Romania, Poland, the UK, Vietnam and Nigeria among others, were identified in the UK. This was an increase of 40% more than the year before.
What do we mean by a modern-day slave - a survivor of human trafficking? A survivor of human trafficking is someone who has been transferred or harboured for exploitation through forced labour, forced sex, forced crime, forced begging, domestic servitude, forced marriage, warfare or through having their organs removed and sold.
It’s a lucrative business for the perpetrators, a $150 billion industry. Estimates on the number of modern-day slaves vary from 21 million to 46 million - the number is so sickeningly high it’s hard to imagine. You can quantify it by picturing half of the United Kingdom in slavery, or Ireland 6 times over. And then we can tell you that our portion of this, right now in the UK, can be estimated as up to 13,000 modern day slaves.
HOLOS partners with anti-trafficking charity The Sophie Hayes Foundation to work with survivors of human trafficking. You can find out more about The Sophie Hayes Foundation here.
Why we work with survivors of HUMAN TRAFFICKING
It takes a lot to experience wholeness after trafficking. The extensive trauma created by slavery combined with inherent vulnerability (including low social support, education or opportunities) means that many survivors end up in repeating cycles of trafficking and poverty.
Our team got passionate about finding a way to interrupt this cycle of re-trafficking through their work with the Sophie Hayes Foundation, which exists to empower survivors of trafficking to build hope-filled futures. We wanted to help survivors grow in confidence, and have access to education, training and work. Combine this with a love of kombucha and a passion for health and wellbeing, and voila! The concept of HOLOS was born.
the difference we make
HOLOS is dedicated to giving a portion of profits and activities to creating life-enriching opportunities for survivors of trafficking through the following ways:
- Provision of funding to support survivors of trafficking to access training and education through the Day 46 Programme
- Work placements, training in business skills and employment with HOLOS
- Maintaining an ethical supply chain and working with key partners to provide meaningful opportunities for those at risk of being trafficked internationally.