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7 Jun 2016

New interactive platform tracks construction companies’ action on migrant-worker rights in the Gulf

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is inviting 100 construction companies operating in Qatar and/or the UAE to respond to a set of questions about their approach to migrant-worker rights.

Of the 47 companies we have contacted to date, 10 companies have submitted full responses, 5 have issued general statements, and 10 have declined to respond. We have not received any responses from the remaining 22 companies.

Our new interactive platform enables users to:

  • find out which companies are reporting on their human rights impacts in the Gulf, and which are failing to do so
  • explore company responses by question: issues covered include recruitment, wages, passport retention, accommodation, health & safety & more
  • compare what policies and processes companies have in place to protect migrant workers from labour abuses
  • access resources on migrant workers in the Gulf including reports, legal frameworks, and company guidance
  • stay up-to-date on the latest news and company responses
  • get involved: send us resources, commentaries and reactions for inclusion on the platform

 The platform will be available in Arabic in July.

Initial findings from the company responses include:

  • Lack of transparency among construction contractors & no accountability along the contracting chain
  • Some international companies are making significant progress on worker welfare & employment practices
  • Absence of industry collaboration leads to a lottery for workers
  • Find out more in our recent Guardian commentary

For more information about the project or to get invovled contact: [email protected]