Over our 175 year history, so much has changed at Dun & Bradstreet.

In the early days, the vast majority of data was collected by credit reporters, including former President Abraham Lincoln, who would fill out questionnaires from the field that described the operations and credit worthiness of the business and then send those report back to New York where they could be compiled. Today, Dun & Bradstreet is a leader in the Big Data space with millions of updates processed in near real time and shared with a plethora of partners and customers each and every day.

However, even with massive change over the past 175 years, there’s a consistent theme of having employees being on the “right” side of historical changes that go back to our activist founder, Lewis Tappan, who was a staunch and active abolitionist throughout his adult life. If you don’t know much about the man, I highly recommend reading through Lewis Tappan’s wikipedia page, which describes a man who was completely committed to ending slavery. He was involved in related supreme court cases, created colleges where black students were welcomed in a time when that was not the norm, and generally fought for progress throughout his life.

With a sense of vigor to do right that I think would make Lewis Tappan proud, D&B launched a new product early this week that speaks just as much to our past as it does to our future: The Human Trafficking Risk Index:

The idea behind the Human Trafficking Risk Index is that it helps companies identify forms of #HumanTrafficking in their #SupplyChains.

Why is this important? 

Because a majority of today’s slavery victims are within corporate supply chains:

Obviously, the sense of pride in launching the new product permeated the company:

Want to learn how (and why!) the Human Trafficking Risk Index works?

Two Dun & Bradstreet employees with a much better handle on the product have articles that are well worth reading in full:

For myself, I’m just happy to have a day where I’m reminded why Dun & Bradstreet can be such an interesting and important place to work.

[CC Photo of Lewis Tappan curtesy of the Massachusetts Historical Society]