8/4/2014 00:00:00

April 23-24, 2014
ILO International Training Centre Turin

ILO, in collaboration with partner organisations, plans to launch a global “Fair Recruitment Initiative” with the aim to address regulatory and enforcement gaps, improve mechanisms of complaints and remedy, facilitate social dialogue on these issues and ultimately ensure the implementation of recruitment practices based on international standards. This will be done by working closely with representative workers’ and employers’ organizations, governments, the private sector and other stakeholders. The initiative will also increase global knowledge on what works and what doesn’t with respect to promoting fair recruitment practices.

This is a multi-stakeholder initiative, at this stage supported primarily by the United Kingdom Department for International Development, through the Work in Freedom programme1 and by the US Department of State through the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. In the inception phase, the ILO will convene a series of workshops to review existing initiatives and lessons learned, discuss the framework of the fair recruitment initiative and facilitate dialogue on what constitutes “fair recruitment” practices. The first consultation workshop will take place in April bringing together a broad group of experts from governments, employers’ and workers’ organisations, the recruitment industry, civil society, academia and international organisations, including Global Migration Group (GMG) agencies.

The first consultation workshop pursues the following objectives:
1. To review and discuss recent evidence on the nexus between recruitment, labour migration and human trafficking;
2. To discuss the overall framework and objectives of the “Fair Recruitment Initiative”;
3. To discuss benchmarks for Fair Recruitment based on International Standards and the development of policy guidance.
The meeting will be held under the auspices of the Taskforce on Migration and Decent Work of the Global Migration Group (GMG), which is currently chaired by the ILO. The meeting is in line with the recent conclusions of ILO’s Tripartite Technical Meeting on Labour Migration, held in November 2013: “In collaboration with constituents and GMG members and other stakeholders, develop guidance to promote recruitment practices that respect the principles enshrined in international labour standards, including the Private Employment Agencies Convention, 1997 (No 181), and identify, document, and promote the exchange of good practices on reducing the financial and human costs of migration”.

Proposed participants:
Governments from selected countries to present effective regulatory approaches
Trade Unions: International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and affiliates
Industry: International Organization of Employers (IOE) and affiliates; International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Ciett) and recruitment agencies/associations from countries of origin and destination. e.g. Indian Staffing Federation (ISF), Bangladesh Association of International Recruitment Agencies (BAIRA), Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies (NAFEA), Syndicate of Owners of Recruitment Agencies in Lebanon (SORAL), FSI Worldwide (FSI)
IOs, including GMG agencies: e.g. ILO, IOM, UNODC, OHCHR, UNHCR, UN Women and others
NGOs: Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), Verité
Donors: UK DFID, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), US Department of Labor (USDOL), US State Department (J/TIP), Humanity United, Soros Foundation, Mc Arthur Foundation.
Academia: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), other academics

The workshop is designed to allow for an open exchange and brainstorming to foster mutual understanding. A workshop report will be prepared outlining key points and outcomes; however, Chatham house rules will apply, and views expressed will not be attributable. Presentations will be short to allow for interactive participation and Q&A sessions. Working Groups are proposed for more in-depth discussions and to develop recommendations for follow-up.

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