HOLOS isn't just about creating great products and a healthy lifestyle.
We also create life-enriching opportunities for survivors of human trafficking, enabling them to access training, education and employment that helps them move forward into wholeness.
Our social purpose as an ethical business is to address the issue of re-trafficking. We are 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.
Our business model tackles the issue of re-trafficking in three ways:
1: We invest in growing employability for survivors of trafficking through donating 10% of profits of the business by funding spaces for participants on the Day 46 Programme. The Day 46 Programme is a leading UK employability programme for survivors of human trafficking developed by the Sophie Hayes Foundation in 2016. This unique programme, which is used as a best practice model for parliamentary inquiries, research and development of employability interventions combines workshops, coaching and employability placements.
2: We work with ethical suppliers to ensure fair treatment of workers, and 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.
3. As the business grows, we will look to provide training and job opportunities for survivors of trafficking within the organisation.
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. The Sophie Hayes Foundation Day 46 Programme works with women to help them grow in confidence, and access education, training and work. However, education and training can often be expensive. To unlock further sources of funding, the foundation started exploring business ideas 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
- Opportunities to complete work placements and training in business skills directly with HOLOS
HOLOS delivers its outcomes in partnership with the Sophie Hayes Foundation’s Day 46 Employability Programme.