Migrant workers - an introduction
Below are select introductory materials on business and migrant workers. Further reports from a wide range of sources are in the "Migrant workers" section of our site.
- Key international standards
- Key reports and guidance
- Concerns, company responses and non-responses
- Positive steps by companies
- Lawsuits regarding migrant workers
Key international standards
Key reports and guidance
The Dhaka Principles for Migration with Dignity, Institute for Human Rights and Business, 2012
International Labor Migration: A Responsible Role for Business [PDF], Business for Social Responsibility, 2008
Business and Migration Report: Roundtables Johannesburg, London and LA [PDF], The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration, 2007
In search of Decent Work - Migrant workers' rights: A manual for trade unionists [PDF], ILO, Bureau for Workers' Activities, 2008
Keep Your Head Down - Unprotected Migrants in South Africa, Human Rights Watch, Feb 2007
Building Towers, Cheating Workers, Exploitation of Migrant Construction Workers in the United Arab Emirates, Human Rights Watch, Nov 2006
Concerns, company responses and non-responses
The Resource Centre invites companies to respond to allegations of misconduct. Below are examples of allegations and company responses regarding migrant workers. We also indicate when a company has not responded.
Positive steps by companies
Denmark: Business and Migration: Perceptions from Denmark - A Compilation of Reflections by Danish Business and Organized Industry on Various Issues Related to Migration PDF], The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration, Feb 2009. Refers to positive steps by Comwell, Eurotex, ISS, Metro, Microsoft, Novo Nordisk.
Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua: Project supported by US Govt., companies & NGOs in 3 Latin American countries aims to improve workplace conditions & standards at fruit farms. Refers to Chiquita, Del Monte, Dole, Tesco, Wal-Mart.
Saudi Arabia: Rahma advertisements urge mercy for workers
Lawsuits regarding migrant workers
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