The film explores the manufacturing supply chains of toys.
Watch above to learn more about the BuyFair app. Sign up below to use the app. We will be releasing the app early 2018.
We are asking the film's audience and visitors to our site to support the use of the BuyFair app by signing on to our call to action.
The BuyFair app allows consumers to scan barcodes and determine whether forced labor was used in a product's supply chain, and encourages corporations to clean up their supply chain. The production budget will also help fund an update and relaunch of this app. With mass adoption, consumers can put pressure on corporations to improve their supply chain or risk losing customers.
Corporate behavior can be changed, and for that we need individual consumers to make purchasing decisions that do not contribute to the propogation of labour exploitation, including forced labour, in supply chains. The BuyFair app gives you the tools to make better buying decisions. It's free, and the updated version will be available for download in early 2018.
Most of our everyday products - from the food we eat to the clothes we wear - are made by people who work in indecent conditions. Some are even produced by people trapped in slavery. Shop ethically with BuyFair, where you can learn which brands guard against abuse and which do not. Browse through ratings in apparel, chocolate and electronics before making a purchase. Join the movement by scanning product barcodes to find out whether companies are transparent, and help our research by petitioning those that are not.
We consumers have a voice through our retail purchasing power. We need to evaluate what we buy. We need to ask "who made my product?" and avoid buying products that depend on forced or bonded labour.
We are currently in production. The film is scheduled for release for direct download on this website and in theaters in 2019.
Barry Stevens, Director, Abolish, is a Toronto documentary filmmaker and screenwriter. He won a drama Gemini award for writing The Diary of Evelyn Lau then switched to documentaries as a writer on the International Emmy-winning documentary, Gerrie and Louise. His personal documentary called Offspring about his search for his sperm donor was seen in 61 countries, was nominated for an Emmy and influenced public policy in the UK and elsewhere. Other long-form projects include Prosecutor, about the trials of the International Criminal Court (for White Pine Pictures), The Bomber's Dream and Sector Sarajevo about the war in Bosnia, which both won WGC awards. For four years, he has been directing and co-producing a series for History TV called War Story, which has won seven awards, including Best Direction in a documentary at the Canadian Screen Awards. He is currently working on a film about jihadism.
Kim Carter, SAC Supervisory Board Member, Abolish (President, WSP; Director, TAF) has extensive experience in business management. He is a producer on the recently released documentary film When Elephants Fight. He 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, which were both taken private with an acquisition value of more than US$6 billion. 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 Director/Founder of KATKiDS, and Co-Founder of TEDxBermuda. In 2007 Kim helped in the rescue and subsequent rehabilitation of I36 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, many going on to higher education and all have finally been reunited with their families.
Neil Glass, SAC Supervisory Board Member, Abolish (Director, Finance, WSP; Director, TAF), is a chartered accountant and owner of Bermuda-based WW Management Limited, providing management oversight to, and serving as a director of, hedge funds. Neil was a Co-Founder of the Bermuda International Film Festival and its Treasurer from 1996–2008. He was also the Leader of the Bermuda Business Development Agency's Asset Management Focus Group (2013-2016), which works closely with senior members of industry, government and the regulator with the goal of revitalizing the asset management industry in Bermuda.
Zabi Yaqeen, SAC Supervisory Board Member, Abolish (Director, Counsel, WSP; Director, TAF), is a producer and entertainment lawyer in Toronto, Canada. In addition to acting for and against chartered banks, multinationals and individual complainants and defendants in court, Zabi has helped filmmakers, media and internet companies, and technology start-ups 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 practised commercial litigation and entertainment law at Julian Heller and Associates for 8 years, before starting his own practice and focusing on Abolish and TAF. He has obtained degrees in both common law and civil law, and practices in English and French.
Agam Jain, SAC Supervisory Board Member, Abolish (Advisor, TAF) is also a qualified actuary, with more than 8 years of insurance industry and financial risk management consulting experience, having worked for PwC in the UK and KPMG in Bermuda. Since 2015 he has produced two films - an independent thriller "By Any Means", selected for and won awards at multiple international independent film festivals, and "A Piece of the Rock", a documentary highlighting world-leading instances of road crashes in Bermuda and their socio-economic impact on the island's population. He complimented the documentary by leading a highly successful road safety campaign in Bermuda in 2017 generating public momentum to urge the local authorities to take decisive action.
Robin Wright, Advisor, Abolish. Robin is an activist, actor, producer, and director. She is a dedicated activist for the women of eastern Congo. Her career includes: starring in The Princess Bride, Forrest Gump (earning her a Golden Globe Award nomination), Toys, Message in a Bottle, Unbreakable, The Conspirator, Moneyball, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She also stars as Claire Underwood in the Netflix series House of Cards, for which she has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series twice, and for which she won the Golden Globe in 2014 for Best Actress - Television Series Drama, making her the first actress to win a Golden Globe for an online-only series.
Kim Perdikou, SAC Supervisory Board Member, Abolish. Kim is the 2014 recipient of the Not For Sale Freedom Award. Kim is an independent director for multiple companies including CyberArk Software, a public company, and other private technology companies. In addition, Kim is Chair of REBBL, a functional beverage for-profit company, born out of the inaugural Montara Circle – a collaborative event lead by Not For Sale and a group of global leaders committed to solving modern day slavery. REBBL's mission is to create healthy beverages while establishing the highest industry standards for fairness and dignity throughout the supply-chain. REBBL provides opportunities for those vulnerable and most at risk.
Niklas Traub, SAC Supervisory Board Member, Abolish Niklas is Managing Partner of IID Partners, an investment boutique with interests in biotech, oil exploration, software, semiconductors, media, music, and digital content. He's one of the co-founders of TEDxBermuda and advises various Bermudian organizations involved with bringing business to the island, increasing power independence and improving the economy. Niklas was a co-founder of Foundation Capital Strategies, a successful highly quantitative equity hedge fund based out of Bermuda. Niklas has a PhD in mathematical computer science from the University of Edinburgh.
Tom Butterfield, Art Advisor, Abolish. Tom is Founder and Creative Director of the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art in Paget, Bermuda. Tom is an 8th generation Bermudian whose family first arrived in 1612. His love for his island home and his innate curiosity regarding the influence Bermuda had on such cultural and artistic luminaries as Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keeffe and Mark Twain has led to the development of this cultural institution- a "State of the Art" Museum which is a first for the island. Tom received a Canada Council Grant in 1977 for his passion for photography and in 2012 received an M.B.E. from Queen Elizabeth II for his service to the arts.
David Hynes, Researcher, Abolish, is a teacher and labour activist. In 2011, David ran for MPP for the New Democratic Party in Ontario. David holds a Master's Degree in Political Science from York University. He is currently teaching Film in the Media Studies and Technology Department of Humber College. His interests include global political economy, history and social justice.
Reza Ahmadi, Researcher, Abolish, is a Researcher and Program Evaluator at the Centre of Research, Policy and Program Development, an organization focused on criminal justice issues in Ontario. Reza Ahmadi has a B.A. in History from York University and an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Toronto. He also has a post-graduate certificate as a Research Analyst from Humber College. Reza combines his academic and professional background to bring a multidisciplinary approach to all his work and is passionate about human rights, diversity and equality issues.