Webinar: Recruitment in China - Systemic Challenges, Risks and Remedies

Webinar | 31 March 2020

This webinar is part of our series on ‘Responsible Recruitment & Migrant Workers’. The session will examine the unique set of challenges and risks that internal migration within China poses to workers and businesses. We welcome guest speakers from Ethical Trading Initiative and Inno Community Development Organisation.

Key Topics

  • The common challenges particular to internal migrants in China that lead to a greater vulnerability to modern slavery (e.g. the Hukou system)
  • Typical demographics or migration patterns for internal Chinese migrant workers
  • Case studies of key risks and remedies from the ground
  • Relevant government policies or reforms which may change the migrant workers' situation in China in coming years
  • Suggestions for what companies do to mitigate forced labour risk when buying from China

There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience, both during the session and via the registration form below. 

Date: March 31st 2020
Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm (HKT)

We look forward to welcoming you to the session to learn from our expert speakers. 


Grace Gao
Capacity Building Advisor, ETI

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers' rights around the globe. Their vision is a world where all workers are free from exploitation and discrimination, and enjoy conditions of freedom, security and equity.

Grace has been in the ethical trade industry since 2003. She has collaborated with brands and their local suppliers cross sectors including apparel, retailer, electronics, footwear, toy, hardwares and gifts etc, and worked with NGOs, academic institutions and government sectors on the projects covering workplace dialogue and worker engagement, social insurance, women empowerment, living wage,HRM and working efficiency improvement. 

Hannah Bruce
Practice, Evidence & Learning Senior Manager, ETI

Hannah’s career in ethical trade has stretched over 9 years with experience of working with ETI’s tripartite membership – companies, NGO’s and trade unions – to promote responsible business practices and decent work for workers in global supply chains. Previously as a programme manager and currently with oversight of ETI’s initiatives, she has experience of working on programmes across various sectors and on a range of issues including: natural stone mining in India on issues of OHS, bonded labour and child labour; promotion of business and human rights policy and practice in India; the ready-made garment sector in Bangladesh in promoting workplace social dialogue; and in the rubber manufacturing sector in Malaysia on issues of forced labour and migrant labour. Throughout her work Hannah has regularly engaged on issues in China supporting ETI members to assess and address labour standards through a collaborative approach.

Dee Lee
Founder, Inno Community Development Organisation

Inno Community Development Organisation is a ground breaking NGO that focuses on community development in China, especially in public health, emerging social issues as well as consumer and community.

Inno has operated Handshake Worker hotline in China since 2007. They have collaborated with more than 65 brands across sectors and launched the hotline program in 935 supply chain factories in China and other SEA countries.  The hotline has received more than 25,000 cases covering issues on the injustice in labour relationship, children left behind and human trafficking due to the provincial migration under China's Hukou system. Inno team therefore designed and implemented 5 other programmes to solve these issues in the workplace together with other stakeholders.

This webinar is free to attend upon registration. A recorded version of this webinar will be available for Mekong Club Association members.