Migrant Workers

The Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment

04 May 2016


Many vulnerable workers, especially those migrating abroad for work, are charged recruitment fees and exploited through corrupt middle men and recruitment and employment agencies. 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, our aim is bold - the total eradication of fees being charged to workers to secure employment.

Members of the Leadership Group have committed 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."

Adoption of this principle across all industries is fundamental to combatting exploitation, forced labour and trafficking of migrant workers in global supply chains.


  1. Raise awareness about the positive benefits of ethical recruitment as well as the consequences of unethical recruitment practices.
  2. Leverage senior executive leadership of companies to call for commitment to the ‘Employer Pays Principle’ by industry peers across all sectors.
  3. Advocate for improved protection for migrant workers by supporting government efforts toward better regulation of the recruitment industry.
  4. Develop a roadmap of concrete actions to help companies implement the employer pays principle within their supply chains.
  5. Maximise scale and impact by collaborating with and reinforcing other complementary business initiatives.
  6. Drive positive change in the recruitment industry by supporting the development and implementation of systems to identify ethical recruitment agencies.

Steering Committee

The Leadership Group is led by a steering committee of leading companies and expert organisations with membership comprised of international and national companies, organisations and trade associations. The secretariat is managed by IHRB.


  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise     
  • HP Inc.
  • IKEA
  • M&S
  • Unilever
  • Walmart

Expert Organisations: 

  • IHRB (Secretariat)
  • Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
  • International Organization for Migration
  • Verité



Joining the Leadership Group

All corporate members of the Leadership Group are publicly committed to the Employer Pays Principle and its implementation throughout their supply chains. The Leadership Group 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.

If you would like to find out more about the Leadership Group or responsible recruitment generally, please contact Neill Wilkins.


IHRB would like to thank Humanity United and GE Foundation for their generous support of this initiative.

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