7. Public Policy Advocacy

The presence of gaps in national legislation and global standards, and underdeveloped public infrastructure and multi-lateral cooperation, present a serious challenge to any social compliance effort.

To tackle these shortcomings, many brands are increasingly engaging in public policy advocacy at national and international levels.

Brands can engage public policy actors to encourage laws, regulations and enforcement that effectively protect migrant workers and regulate labor recruiters.

Brands can engage at national and international levels; individually or through employers’ associations or multi-brand or multi-stakeholder groups.

Given the global and regional character of labor migration and human trafficking, direct engagement with the UN and other international agencies such as the ILO and IOM is also growing.

The tools provided in this section will guide you through the case for policy advocacy and provide examples of good practice in engagement. The links highlight key international organizations that address forced labor and human trafficking through private sector engagement and public—private partnerships.