global fund to end modern slavery

A bold public-private partnership to sustainably end modern slavery

The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery is a bold public-private partnership developing a $1.5+ billion fund and coordinating a coherent, global strategy to address modern slavery.

GFEMS collaborates across sectors and geographies with a focus on three core programmatic pillars: rule of law, business engagement, and sustaining freedom. GFEMS also prioritizes using innovative technologies for collecting data and evaluating impact.


An estimated 40.3 million people are Enslaved around the world.

Source: Alliance 8.7

our approach

Modern slavery is a crime of opportunity that erodes economies and communities. It sits at the intersection of many global trends, including migration, security, organized crime, and global business operations, and must be addressed holistically. Historically, the fight against modern slavery has been hindered by minimal global collaboration and limited resources. GFEMS is designed to address these challenges in the following ways:

  • Securing major financial and resource contributions from governments, individuals, and corporations.
  • Fostering global collaboration by forging partnerships with governments, NGOs, and the private sector. 
  • Ensuring clear accountability and action by developing Budgeted National Plans that are co-owned and co-funded by host countries.
  • Leveraging technology for data collection and sharing, robust M&E, and assessment of impact. 

GFEMS coordinates strategy across three core programmatic streams:


Rule of law

To combat impunity, GFEMS supports programs that seek to hold perpetrators and beneficiaries of modern slavery accountable. This includes programs that build the capacity of public justice systems to deter slavery, and ensuring that comprehensive legal frameworks on human trafficking and corruption are in place.


Business engagement

GFEMS engages businesses as partners in eliminating slavery. By assessing risk in supply chains and utilizing slave-free labor to competitive advantage, businesses can eliminate modern slavery from operations and supply chains, thus preventing human trafficking from occurring in the first place.


Sustaining freedom

GFEMS prioritizes ensuring that survivors of modern slavery receive the services they need along the road to healing and justice. This includes support to heal physically, mentally, and emotionally; reintegrate into their local communities (where appropriate); and find viable economic opportunities. 



Modern slavery generates $150 billion in CRIMINAL profits each year.

Source: ILO




Jean Baderschneider – CEO and Founding Board Member

Dr. Jean Baderschneider is the CEO of The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery. With 35+ years of experience in the private sector, Dr. Baderschneider retired from ExxonMobil in 2013 where she was Vice President, Global Procurement. In this role she had global responsibility for procurement, strategic sourcing, supply chain management, warehousing, and accounts payables operations.

Dr. Baderschneider was responsible for operations around the world, including Africa, the Middle East, South America, and Asia. She has a deep understanding of high-risk operations/locations and complex partnerships and a deep network of high-level government and business leaders.

Dr. Baderschneider has 10 years of experience working on anti-trafficking efforts globally. She served as the Chair of the Global Leadership Council and a member of the Board of Directors of Polaris, an organization focused on a global anti-human trafficking strategy. She also served on the Boards of Directors of Made in a Free World, which is engaging the business community in a supply chain risk assessment initiative, and Verité, a leading supply chain assessment organization. She is an Operating Partner and Member of the Advisory Board of Tau Investment Management, an investment fund focused on investing in businesses with sustainable supply chains.

Dr. Baderschneider has a Masters degree from University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. She is the recipient of Cornell’s 2013 Jerome Alpern Award and Nomi Network’s 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility Award.

GFEMS is powered by the Global Development Incubator, an organization that builds startups, incubates partnerships, and strengthens existing organizations for social impact around the world.


Leveraging the private sector's $70 trillion in global procurement spend could help end modern slavery.


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Lack of global coordination makes it easy for traffickers to consisently target new vulnerable populations.

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GFEMS is always seeking partners and innovative tools in the fight to end modern slavery. If you would like to learn more or identify ways to partner with us, please use the contact form below.