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:

  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. 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.