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, the aim is bold - the total eradication of fees being charged to workers to secure employment.
All members of the Leadership Group are publicly committed to the Employer Pays Principle and its implementation throughout their supply chains. The Leadership Group also 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.
The Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment aims to drive positive change in the international recruitment industry and a global prohibition of recruitment fees being paid by workers.
In particular we work to:
- 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
- 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
- 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. The Leadership Group is also supported by a Stakeholder Advisory Panel with union, civil society, and intergovernmental representation.
The secretariat of the Leadership Group is undertaken by IHRB.
Focus in 2018-2019
The aim of the Leadership Group is to see a global prohibition of migrant worker-paid recruitment fees and the promotion of change in all sectors and locations. In 2018-19 the Leadership Group will have particular focus on promoting the Employer Pays Principle through specific recruitment corridors, primarily in South East Asia.
Building on successful roundtables in Malaysia and Thailand (March 2018) and the Global Forum for Responsible Recruitment Singapore (June 2018), further dilemma fora will be arranged. This will include business focussed roundtables bringing together brands, suppliers, and recruitment agents in Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, and Vietnam, as well as building on previous engagements in both Nepal and Qatar.
Membership of the Leadership Group
Membership of the Leadership Group is open to international brands committed to the Employer Pays Principle and collaborating with others to promote responsible recruitment.
Brands can read more about the membership requirements here. Or, if you would like to discuss either the Leadership Group or how your company can work towards the Employer Pays Principle, please contact IHRB’s Migrant Workers Programme Manager Neill Wilkins.
We believe we can achieve far more by working with others. The Employer Pays principle is a good example of this - by bringing our voices together, we have the opportunity to create momentum and awareness on an important issue which to date has not been well understood, working to promote a model of ethical recruitment and fairer treatment of migrant workers.
Combating forced labor remains a key challenge throughout the world, and regardless of where it occurs in the global supply chain, Walmart is committed to working with industry groups, governments, NGOs and suppliers to help eliminate forced labor. Walmart is proud to become a core member of the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment, so we can work with others passionate about this important issue in order to create solutions.
The Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment has a bold aim - the eradication of worker fees over the coming decade. These leading companies are setting an important new business standard and a challenge to other companies to prohibit fee-charging in their operations.
Migrant workers are an integral part of global business yet the abusive use of migrant labour is prominent in many sectors. Businesses must come together and drive practices that empower rather than penalise the most vulnerable.
Workers in global supply chains deserve fair treatment. They should not have to pay to work. Collaboration among leading companies on this issue is critical to inspire and achieve the scale and momentum needed to advance the responsible recruitment of migrant workers globally.
At IKEA we believe that we have an important role to play in helping people to lift themselves out of poverty and to provide a better life for themselves and their children. By joining with others to call for the adoption of the Employer Pays Principle, and by taking action ourselves, we want to contribute to creating positive change, ensuring the ethical recruitment of migrant workers and a brighter future for millions of people globally.
Business can play a pivotal role in combatting the exploitation of migrant workers, but only if we work collectively to achieve this goal. The Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment will focus on encouraging broad implementation of the Employer Pays principle across industries.
The right to freely choose employment is severely eroded when workers have to pay recruitment fees simply to get a job. The Employer Pays Principle has the potential to make a meaningful difference in the lives of millions of workers around the world, which is good for communities and good for business.