1. Improving Codes of Conduct & Company Policies

Like brands, suppliers should have a code of conduct or high-level company policies that make a commitment to a fair and legal workplace and outline special protections for migrant workers.

Such policies will signal to all your stakeholders – including shareholders, employees, customers, and business and social partners – that you as a company are aware of the vulnerabilities that migrant workers can face to trafficking and forced labor, and that you are serious about ensuring the ethical treatment of migrant workers in your facilities.

These policies will help to guide and unify the actions and decisions of all who work for and with your company. They will help to ensure the development and implementation of sound operating procedures across all functional areas that screen out and manage risks and problems related to forced labor, debt bondage and trafficking.

Use the tools and links in the sidebar for practical guidance and good practice examples on how suppliers can strengthen existing codes or develop new ones to effectively address forced labor and trafficking of migrant workers.

These policies are just the first step. Suppliers should ensure that such high-level policies are supported by an institutional structure and written procedures for enforcement, monitoring and reporting. This can include:

  • Implementing systems and procedures for on-site management of migrant workers;
  • Screening of labor recruiter candidates against social responsibility requirements;
  • Managing and monitoring labor recruiters against this same set of requirements;
  • Ensuring that these principles are integrated in your own human resource management processes;
  • Establishing grievance mechanisms, procedures for investigation and reporting, and protection for whistleblowers; and
  • Ensuring the integration of feedback and continuous improvement in management systems and processes.

Explore the other sections of Verité’s Fair Hiring Toolkit to assist you in taking this 360º approach to the protection of migrant workers in your supply chains.