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26 Feb 2024


Panasonic & IOM sign Global Framework Agreement to strengthen rights of migrant supply chain workers


"IOM, Panasonic forge strategic partnership to advance rights of migrant workers in supply chains,"

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Panasonic Holdings Corporation have signed a Global Framework Agreement aimed at strengthening the rights of migrant workers in supply chains.

The agreement is critical as the most recent Global Estimates of Modern Slavery Report disclosed that the Asia-Pacific region is home to the highest number of victims of forced labour globally, with 15 million out of 28 million. Moreover, a staggering 86 percent of forced labour incidents are traced back to the private sector, where migrant workers are exploited at a rate three times higher than that of local workers.

“This agreement represents a pivotal step in our joint efforts to promote ethical recruitment and responsible employment, and to combat forced labour,” said IOM Director General Amy Pope, meeting Panasonic executives in Tokyo. “We look forward to collaborating with Panasonic on ways to protect and reinforce the rights and well-being of migrant workers around the world."...

Shigeki Mishima, Group Chief Human Resources Officer, Panasonic Holdings, stated “The partnership with IOM demonstrates our commitment to ensuring freely chosen employment in our operations and supply chains. It is an exciting next step in our continuous improvement journey in addressing the risks of forced labour and challenges migrant workers face in a collaborative and innovative manner.”

The agreement provides a framework for further collaboration to respect migrant workers in line with United National Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and IOM’s Migrant Worker Guidelines for Employers. This includes providing technical advice and reviewing Panasonic’s corporate policy and procedures in Malaysia, capacity building with Panasonic’s business partners, and migrant-centered human rights due diligence assessments. It also encompasses management reviews and evaluations to assess changes in the migration and recruitment process and the employment experiences of migrant workers.