Adidas is a winner of the second Stop Slavery Award, an initiative by the Thomson Reuters Foundation to honor companies that have taken concrete steps to eradicate forced labor from their supply chains. Adidas leads a group of four winning companies which also includes C&A, Intel and The Co-Operative Group. Within this group, the German sportswear giant was given the additional recognition of Outstanding Achiever. The judging board unanimously agreed that Adidas had “excelled in every judging category.” Adidas' submission stood out, in particular, in the Transparency and Industry Action and Robust Practices Initiatives categories. In addition to the four winning companies, the judges gave honorable mention to FSI Worldwide, a recruitment agency, for its efforts in preventing slavery through fair and ethical recruitment. The winners were chosen from a shortlist of 15 companies operating in different sectors, which also included Nestlé, Walmart and Barclays, among others. The shortlisted companies were selected based on a questionnaire, designed in partnership with human rights specialists at Baker & McKenzie, in which companies provided details about their operations. According to estimates by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, around 25 million people globally were trapped in forced labor in 2016.