Fair Hiring Toolkit for Brands

A Framework for Action

Improve Your Codes of Conduct

Assess the methods of recruitment and hiring along your entire supply chain.
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Reporting & Transparency

Integrate indicators of forced labor and human trafficking in your social responsibility plan.
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Multi-Stakeholder Approaches

Tackling forced labor in West African cocoa.  
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Strengthening Assessments & Social Audits

Commit to a fair and legal workplace and protect migrant workers.
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Trapped on the Open Range

The red flags of risk and vulnerability to broker-induced hiring traps.  
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For Governments
 
This section provides a tailored introduction to the materials for governments and public policy actors, including an overview of the most relevant tools and guidance with an explanation of how these tools can support the work of governments and other public policy actors. These tools complement national and international regulatory efforts to promote fair hiring, reign in abusive labor recruiter practices, and establish rigorous protections for migrant workers.
For Advocates
 
This section of Verité’s Fair Hiring Toolkit provides a tailored introduction to the materials for labor rights advocates and labor unionists. An overview of the most relevant tools and guidance is provided, with an explanation of how these tools can support their work. The tools provided here are broad and multi-faceted, providing guidance on a range of issues linked to forced labor and human trafficking. You are encouraged to explore the material provided here and discover how you can put it to use in your own work.
For Investors
 
This section provides a tailored introduction to the materials for investors. An overview of the most relevant tools and guidance is provided, with an explanation of how these tools can support the work of investors. These tools can support investor campaigns, corporate advocacy and dialogue, and investment analysis of risks of forced labor and human trafficking in company operations and supply chains.
For Auditors
 
This section of Verité’s Fair Hiring Toolkit provides a tailored introduction to the materials for social auditors and certifiers. An overview of the most relevant tools and guidance is provided, with an explanation of how these tools can support their work. The Toolkit is extensive and multi-faceted; it provides guidance on a range of issues. Auditors are encouraged to explore the complete set of materials provided.
For Multi-Stakeholders
 
This section provides a tailored introduction to the materials for multi-stakeholder and multi-brand initiatives. An overview of the most relevant tools and guidance is provided, with an explanation of how these tools can support the work of multi-stakeholder and multi-brand initiatives.

A Framework for Action: What Can Brands Do?

There are many steps that brands can take within their own operations and supply chains to prevent, detect and remediate the human trafficking and forced labor of migrant workers.

The most effective action will be integrated within the business management system, and will begin at the top, with clearly worded policies that are communicated directly to all staff involved in sourcing decisions and social compliance. Such high-level policies – when properly communicated and incentivized – lay the foundation for broad, systemic and supply chain-wide adoption of effective mechanisms and approaches to prevent the exploitation of migrant workers.

Once these policies are established, brands must then take steps to raise awareness about the vulnerabilities of migrant workers to trafficking and forced labor – particularly where labor recruiters are present in supply chains – and the policies that are in place to prevent these vulnerabilities. This can be done through a variety of means, including trainings, distribution of educational materials, webinars, etc.

To round out the system of protections, auditing procedures should be strengthened and robust corrective action mechanisms developed to safeguard potential victims.

Finally, brands can bolster their external relations on issues of recruiters, trafficking and forced labor through an increase in transparency and public reporting of their own work, and engagement with other stakeholders and expand beyond their own business and supply chain interests to positively influence public policy to promote protective measures for migrant workers.

Click on the titles in the left-hand sidebar to learn more about the concrete actions brands can take to promote fair hiring and protect migrant workers, and to access Verité tools supporting these efforts.

 


 

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