The Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment


Many vulnerable workers, especially those migrating abroad for work, are charged recruitment fees and exploited through corrupt middle men and recruitment and employment agencies. 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.

Members of the Leadership Group have committed to the 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."

Adoption of this principle across all industries is fundamental to combatting exploitation, forced labour and trafficking of migrant workers in global supply chains.


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


Steering Committee

The Leadership Group is led by a steering committee of leading companies and expert organisations with membership comprised of international and national companies, organisations and trade associations. The secretariat is managed by IHRB.


  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • GE
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise     
  • HP Inc.
  • IKEA
  • M&S
  • Mars, Incorporated
  • Tesco
  • Unilever
  • Vinci
  • Walmart

Expert Organisations: 

  • IHRB (Secretariat)
  • Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
  • UN Migration Agency (IOM)
  • Verité








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 pays fees 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.