Migrant workers are an ever-present feature of global supply chains. They work in all sectors and all geographies. Low-skilled migrant workers are however amongst the most vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Compounding this, they are also 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 risks inherent to migrating for work abroad. 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 the:
- 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 eradiciating the payment of recruitment fees by workers in their supply chains.
- Responsible Recruitment Gateway: Open source tools and resources to support companies in implementing the Employer Pays Principle.
- Staff Wanted Initiative: A programme focussed on the UK hotel industry to promote and protect the rights of hotel workforces.
14 November 2016
- Report: Corporate Liability for Forced Labour and Human Trafficking
- Submission: Definition of Recruitment Fees for US Public Procurement
- Briefing: OECD National Contact Points and the Construction Sector
- Briefing: The Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment
News & Events
10 January 2017
- News: IHRB at the Global Forum on Migration and Development
- News: Walmart and M&S Join Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment
- News: IHRB at the 2016 UN Annual Forum on Business & Human Rights
- News: IHRB at Symposium on the UK Modern Slavery Act and Ethical Labour in Construction
Commentary & Podcasts
10 January 2017
- Commentary: Recruitment Practices Must be Part of Sustainable Development Strategies
- Commentary: Protecting Workers Building Sporting Venues – Progress in Qatar
- Podcast: Mercia Silva on Brazil’s “Dirty List”
- Commentary: Overcoming the “Exit Challenge” - Why We Need New Forms of Social Contract
24 October 2016
04 May 2016
10 June 2014