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"New survey sheds light on construction practices in the Gulf" - Commentary on Business & Human Rights Resource Centre online platform

Author: David Segall, NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights (USA), Published on: 23 June 2016

"New survey sheds light on construction practices in the Gulf, 22 Jun 2016"

…[T]he Business and Human Rights Resource Centre launched a new interactive platform that tracks and compares engineering and construction (E&C) companies’ policies on migrant worker rights in the Gulf region. The platform is survey-based, relying on self-reporting by large firms operating in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar.

Looking at the results, here are three takeaways about the state of migrant workers’ rights in the Gulf construction industry: 1. Construction firms in the Gulf are nervous about human rights. 2. Large construction firms may exert more direct control in employment than they’ve previously acknowledged. 3. Construction companies expect their suppliers to adhere to standards, but don’t carry out enforcement actions to ensure that they do.

...[M]ore transparency...reveals that large engineering and construction firms have the ability to make positive changes for better work in this important sector.

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