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Kevin Hyland OBE Becomes New Chair of The Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment

18 October 2018.

Kevin Hyland OBE, the former UK Independent Anti Slavery Commissioner, is to become the new chair of the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment. Kevin who is now the Chief Executive of ChildFund Ireland has always been a strong supporter of the Leadership Group from its launch in 2016.

The Leadership Group now features 14 global brands supported by non corporate members and has been a significant initiative advocating for the inclusion of responsible recruitment in wider strategies to prevent forced labour and trafficking. In particular the Group seek to eradicate the practice of workers paying recruitment fees to secure employment. All members of the Leadership Group committing to the Employer Pays Principle:


No worker should pay for a job

The costs of recruitment should be borne

Not by the worker but by the Employer


Kevin takes over the role of Chair from Ed Potter, former Head of Global Compliance at The Coca Cola Company.

Commenting on taking on the role of Chair Kevin Hyland commented:

I am delighted to be appointed as the Chair of the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment at the Institute of Human Rights and Business. IHRB has a proven record of achievement in improving business cultures and standards globally such as in the 'employer pays' principle. I look forward to working with John Morrison and his team to bring change, where employment provides dignity and never exploitation.

IHRB Chief Executive John Morrison welcomed Kevin to his new role noting:

Kevin was an outstanding Anti-Slavery Commissioner and always a strong supporter of the Leadership Group. We are delighted he will be helping us continue to promote responsible recruitment as a key challenge and area of action for business.