Migrant construction workers in Qatar and the UAE: What are companies doing to end exploitation?

In 2016, the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre began tracking the operations of construction companies in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. We surveyed 100 companies on their approach to migrant workers' rights, prompted by worrying reports of debt bondage, unpaid wages and dangerous living and working conditions. Only a handful of companies responded with information on the actions they were taking to protect workers' rights, signifying an endemic lack of industry commitment.

This microsite lets you explore and compare companies' responses to our 2016 survey. The responses to our 2018 survey will be made public later this year.

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The size of the circle indicates the number of companies approached & the colour indicates the response rate (green=response; red=non-response).

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A Human Rights Primer for Business

Our 2018 briefing "Understanding Risks to Construction Workers in the Middle East" informs companies of the key human rights risks in the UAE, Qatar, Lebanon and Jordan and the steps they should take to address abuses in the sector.


Industry Commitments

Industry coalition of six construction & engineering companies launches Worker Welfare Principles to serve as global standard for the sector on workers' rights.


Gulf Construction Tracker

Monitoring the ongoing award of construction contracts throughout the Gulf, in partnership with NYU Stern Center for Business & Human Rights and Humanity United.