Migrant workers are an ever-present feature of global supply chains, found in all sectors and all geographies. Low-income migrant workers are amongst the most vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, and are often among the least able to assert their rights. For many, a lack of viable options to sustain a livelihood at home increases their willingness to accept poor working conditions abroad. Exploitation of migrant workers can be found at all stages of a typical migration cycle - from recruitment, through employment, and finally during return home.
Much of IHRB’s work in this area is focussed on how workers are recruited and in particular the payment of recruitment fees to secure employment.
IHRB migrant worker initiatives include:
- Dhaka Principles for Migration with Dignity: A key framework for understanding and addressing the challenges facing migrant workers at every stage of the migration cycle.
- Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment: A coalition of leading international companies and expert organisations committed to eradicating the payment of recruitment fees by workers in their supply chains.
06 September 2018
- Meeting Report: Global Forum for Responsible Recruitment and Employment 2018
- Speech: Mars Inc CEO Grant Reid Addresses 2018 Global Forum on Responsible Recruitment and Employment
- Report: Responsible Recruitment - Addressing Gaps in Protections for Migrant Workers
- Meeting Report: Driving Responsible Recruitment in Southeast Asia - Regional Roundtables in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur
03 July 2018
- Event: Driving Responsible Recruitment in South East Asia
- News: Dhaka Principles Relaunched on International Migrants Day 18 December 2017
- News: Qatar Announces Series of Labour Reforms
- News: Launch of the Translated Dhaka Principles in Tokyo, Japan
18 July 2018
- Commentary: Reflections from the 2018 Global Forum on Responsible Recruitment
- Commentary: Eradicating Recruitment Fees is Crucial for Tackling Modern Slavery
- Commentary: Speaking Up - A Growing Advocacy Dimension to Corporate Leadership on Human Rights
- Commentary: New Framework Agreement - Significant Progress in Protecting the Rights of Migrant Construction Workers in Qatar
19 June 2017
22 May 2017
24 October 2016