The mobile application, Free2Work which is supported by Juniper Networks (www.JuniperNetworks.com), and was named one of the “11 Great Apps for 2011” by the SF AppShow, is also available for consumers this holiday season as a free download on iTunes.
The website Free2Work.org and just launched Free2Work iPhone application have been expanded to include ratings of this year’s hottest holiday items based on the companies’ policies to address child labor and forced labor. New holiday ratings include Jelly Belly candy canes, Amazon’s Kindle, Bakers and Ghirardelli baking cocoa. These ratings follow assessments of other top products including Apple’s iPad, Hasbro’s Beyblades, Pillow Pets Consumers and Leapster Learning Systems as well as key baking ingredients such as vanilla, cloves, cocoa, sugar and oranges.
Free2Work is a collaboration of the Not for Sale Campaign (NFSC) and the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF). It provides consumers with important information on the labor standards and business practices of the companies who manufacture their favorite products so that they can further their engagement in ending forced and child labor through their consumption decisions.
The Free2Work site recently added a rating section and information on certification systems including IMO Fair for Life and UTZ Good Inside Certification in addition to the Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, and Goodweave ratings that were added in conjunction with Thanksgiving. Tim Newman, Campaigns Director of the International Labor Rights Forum said,
The Free2Work rating program is an ongoing joint endeavor by the Not for Sale Campaign and International Labor Rights Forum and is supported by Juniper Networks and the US Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Additional products will be rated during and after the holiday season and consumers are encouraged to indicate what products they would like to see rated in the future.