How Many Slaves Work For You?

There’s a decent chance that slaves have handled something you own. The coltan in your smartphone. The beans in that coffee you’re sipping. The cotton in the underwear you’re sitting in. All around the world, forced labor is used to mine and harvest the raw materials that goes up the supply chain and into the products you own. So how many slaves do you have working for you? This interactive, beautifully designed, 11-question survey calculates it for you. is a new site put out by the State Department and Call + Response that aims to educate consumers about the human cost it takes to make their everyday products.

The site says its goal is to get consumers to start asking brands where their materials come from, and move towards “an objective, third party supply chain review” that exposes where slaves are being used to gather raw materials. [Official Site]