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Annual Leadership Forum for Responsible Recruitment

19 June 2017 Berlin, Germany

The Annual Leadership Forum for Responsible Recruitment will bring together global brands, suppliers, recruitment agencies, governments, and NGOs to examine the challenges of recruiting migrant workers and how implementing ethical recruitment is vital in protecting workers from modern slavery as well as ensuring sustainable and efficient business operations.

Hosted by the Institute for Human Rights and Business, Humanity United, and the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment, the 2017 Annual Leadership Forum is comprised of three main parts:


19 June 2017, 09:00 – 17:00, Intercontinental Hotel, Berlin

Stakeholders from business, civil society and government will share details about their efforts to develop sustainable models of recruitment and their progress in implementing the Employer Pays Principle. Discussion will be business-led and business-focused with a key aim of raising awareness and sharing best practice.

See the indicative agenda below.


Film Screening

19 June 2017, 17:30 – 21:00, Zoo Palast Cinema, Berlin

Following the Forum, Humanity United invite all attendees to an evening reception, canapés and a screening of the important new film The Workers Cup. This documentary goes inside the labour camps of Qatar where African and Asian migrant workers building the facilities of the 2022 World Cup compete in a football tournament of their own: The Workers Cup. After the screening there will be a panel discussing the film and the situation of migrant workers in the Gulf.


Business Breakfast

20 June 2017, 08:00 – 10:00, Intercontinental Hotel, Berlin

Company representatives and recruitment practitioners attending the Forum are also invited to a breakfast co-hosted with the Consumer Goods Forum. This session will focus on barriers and opportunities in implementing ethical recruitment and successful business models that can be deployed.


Who Should Attend?

The Forum will be of particular interest to business professionals responsible for sustainability, sourcing, supply chain management, procurement or compliance at global brands as well as their suppliers. Other attendees will include representatives of the recruitment industry, professional bodies, and trade associations.

To register your interest in attending please visit by 7 April 2017. For further information, please contact IHRB’s Waleria Schuele at: waleria.schuele [at]



1. The Drivers for Responsible Recruitment

Including recruitment as a fundamental part of strategies to address forced labour and trafficking

  • How are transparency reporting requirements driving new behaviour?
  • Is access to public contracts being used as a lever to raise standards?
  • What pressure can investors exert?
  • Is media and customer scrutiny increasing?


2. Implementing the Employer Pays Principle

Profiling the work of the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment

  • Why is responsible recruitment so significant for Leadership Group companies?
  • What do these companies seek achieve through collaboration and where are the key challenges?
  • How have they have begun to implement responsible recruitment in their supply chains?


3.The Costs of Ethical Recruitment

How to share the burden of paying true recruitment costs

  • What is the scope of ‘recruitment fees’?
  • How does the genuine cost compare to the fees commonly paid by migrant workers?
  • How should companies, suppliers and recruitment agencies engage to include these costs in pricing and contracts?
  • How can companies tackle the challenge of reimbursement of worker fees?


4.Driving the Supply of Ethically Recruited Labour

How to meet increasing demand for an ethical supply of labour

  • Building the capacity of existing and new entrants to the recruitment industry to deliver workers on an ‘Employer Pays’ business model?
  • What does effective due diligence on recruiters look like?
  • What is the role for certification schemes and new technology?

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