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Neill Wilkins

Neill Wilkins

Programme Manager, Migrant Workers, IHRB

Expertise 

Neill specialises in the human rights challenges faced by migrant workers and the companies who recruit and employ them. He has undertaken a number of initiatives with the apparel, construction and hospitality sectors and the international employment industry to promote responsible recruitment. Neill also helped oversee the development of the Dhaka Principles for Migration with Dignity, a key framework for responsible business practice relating to migrant workers.

Current work

Neill is responsible for the strategy and day to day management of the IHRB migrant workers programme along with matters relating to forced labour, trafficking and other abuses of workers rights. Currently much of his focus is on promoting responsible recruitment and the prohibition of recruitment fees being paid by migrant workers.

Before IHRB 

Neill worked for 15 years as a forestry contractor before returning to education as a mature student. After university he joined the Campaigns Team at The Body Shop International working on a number of environmental and human rights campaigns. Neill also owns and manages a popular website providing fundraising ideas to charity groups, schools and sports teams.

I’m increasingly interested in how behavioural insights “nudge theory” might be used to promote respect for workers' rights.

Commentary: New Construction Sector Agreement on Protecting Vulnerable Workers

Worker exploitation and ongoing rights abuses in the construction sector are being tackled through a range of initiatives, including guidance from CIOB on tackling modern slavery in construction, the BRE Ethical Labour Standard, and the Stronger...

11 October 2017

By Neill Wilkins, Programme Manager, Migrant Workers, IHRB, William Rook, Regional Manager, Middle East, IHRB

Commentary: Recruitment Practices Must be Part of Sustainable Development Strategies

One in every 17 workers is a migrant worker. Their efforts are a ubiquitous feature of all global supply chains. There is little that we eat, wear or use that has not seen the involvement of migrant workers at some stage of its production.

Migrant...

13 December 2016

By Neill Wilkins, Programme Manager, Migrant Workers, IHRB

International construction firms are increasingly being forced to face up to the consequences of business practices which fail to prevent forced labour and trafficking.

Commentary: Can the Construction Industry Build Itself a Slavery-Free Future?

In recent years the issues of forced labour and human trafficking have risen higher on the political agenda than ever before. As awareness has grown, the world has come to learn such exploitation is far more common than was previously known and...

30 July 2015

By Neill Wilkins, Programme Manager, Migrant Workers, IHRB

The International Labour Conference has voted 437 to 8 to adopt a new protocol on forced labour. Delegates have hailed the move as a tipping point in the fight against contemporary forms of forced labour.

Commentary: Tipping Point? Could the new ILO protocol on forced labour and human trafficking make a lasting difference?

Last week the US State Department produced its annual Trafficking in Persons Report. The TIP report, as it is known, ranks 188 countries according to the prevalence of forced labour and trafficking and their efforts to curb it.

The global nature of...

25 June 2014

By Neill Wilkins, Programme Manager, Migrant Workers, IHRB

Commentary: Respecting the rights of migrant workers

"All companies need to reduce the distance between themselves, their operations and negative impacts on the rights of migrant workers, consistent with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Business cannot contract out the...

17 December 2013

By Neill Wilkins, Programme Manager, Migrant Workers, IHRB

Photo: Guardian - http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/business-protect-vulnerable-workers-human-rights

Commentary: Business Must do More to Protect the World’s Most Vulnerable Workers

This op-Ed was originally published on TheGuardian.com.

IHRB, together with the Anti-Slavery International, has called for greater protection for workers in this sector through the Staff Wanted Initiative and for hotels to undertake greater due...

05 October 2012

By John Morrison, Chief Executive, IHRB, Neill Wilkins, Programme Manager, Migrant Workers, IHRB

Over the summer, London’s annual influx of tourists will swell still further by visitors coming for the Olympic and Paralympic games.

Commentary: The Staff Wanted Initiative - The Hospitality Industry will only earn respect by respecting those who work within it

Over the summer, London’s annual influx of tourists will swell still further by visitors coming for the Olympic and Paralympic games. The city’s instantly recognisable, traditional yet energetically global image continues to be a major selling point...

21 May 2012

By Neill Wilkins, Programme Manager, Migrant Workers, IHRB

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