Recruiting migrant workers to work in global supply chains involves a range of fees and charges. The charging of these costs to workers can create situations of debt bondage and leave them vulnerable to further exploitation including forced labour.

The Increasing Debt Burden:

This Responsible Recruitment Gateway provides access to a range of tools and information to help companies move towards the ‘Employer Pays’ model of responsible recruitment.

Employer Pays Principle

No worker should pay for a job - the costs of recruitment should be borne not by the worker but by the employer.

Reflecting the Dhaka Principles for Migration with Dignity, adoption of the Employer Pays Principle is fundamental to combatting exploitation, forced labour and trafficking of migrant workers and represents an important step in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal of decent work for all.

For more details on all ten Dhaka Principles, along with implementation guidance and translations into multiple languages, visit