The Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment


Launched in May 2016, the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment is a collaboration between leading companies and expert organisations to drive positive change in the way that migrant workers are recruited. Together, our aim is bold - the total eradication of fees being charged to workers to secure employment.



The Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment aims to drive positive change in the recruitment industry with three objectives:

  1. Create Demand for responsible recruitment by raising awareness about the positive benefits of ethical practices and developing tools to help companies implement the Employer Pays Principle
  2. Increase Supply of ethically sourced labour by creating an enabling environment and supporting the development and implementation of systems to identify and use ethical recruitment agencies
  3. Advocate for improved protection for migrant workers by brokering dialogue to promote the effective regulation and enforcement of the recruitment industry



The Leadership Group is led by a steering committee of member companies and expert organisations with the secretariat is managed by IHRB. The aims of the group are also supported by a Stakeholder Advisory Panel with union, civil society and intergovernmental representation.

Steering Committee:

  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise     
  • HP Inc.
  • IKEA
  • Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
  • M&S
  • Unilever
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • Vinci
  • Walmart
  • Verité


  • IHRB (Secretariat)

Stakeholder panel:

  • Migrant Forum Asia
  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM)





Focus in 2018

In 2018 the Leadership Group will be piloting its work in promoting the Employer Pays Principle through specific recruitment corridors, primarily in South East Asia. This will start off with a series of regional roundtables bringing together brands, their suppliers, and recruitment agencies to share  thoughts and ideas on the implications,challenges and opportunities in shifting to a new recruitment model. This will culminate in the second annual Global Leadership Forum for Responsible Recruitment - this year in Singapore from 11-12 June 2018.



All members of the Leadership Group are publicly committed to the Employer Pays Principle and its implementation throughout their supply chains. The Leadership Group acts as a vehicle for advocacy and collaboration and serves as a knowledge hub for sharing good practice, tools and guidance in relation to responsible recruitment. To achieve its vision of a world where no worker is charged to secure employment, the Leadership Group seeks to catalyse leadership among an expanding membership base of companies committed to responsible recruitment.

For questions about joining the Leadership Group see the Membership Requirements or contact IHRB's Migrant Workers Programme Manager Neill Wilkins.

IHRB would like to thank Humanity United and GE Foundation for their generous support of this initiative.