Latest modern slavery fight updates -

Fair Labour Alliance Pushes for Global Recruitment Overhaul

  • Published on
    June 11, 2019
  • News Source Image
  • Category:
    Human Trafficking
Hero Banner

Over 150 million people travel abroad to find work, but many of those going through recruitment agencies are at risk of being trafficked and falling into modern slavery.

To combat this problem, the Fair Labour Alliance is pushing for an overhaul of how recruitment channels work, aiming to educate and help businesses around the world promote ethical recruitment.

Take Action: Protect Migrant Workers in Malaysia from Debt Bondage

The Alliance was formed with support from the UK Department for International Trade, King’s College London, FSI Worldwide, and VHR Global Recruitment.

In an op-ed for Thomson Reuters Foundation, Adrian Mansfield from VHR Global Recruitment explains the Fair Labour Alliance will work:

The initiative will operate in some of the countries where slavery or coerced labour are most common, helping businesses identify the signs of slave labour. From there, it will provide support for those businesses looking to recruit high volumes of labour, teaching them how to find qualified workers without exploiting or harming them.

The alliance will also hold events to share practical solutions that businesses have used in their recruitment endeavours. Through networking, businesses will be able to better understand best practices in recruitment, and make changes accordingly.

Workers that are free to make their own decisions and that are rewarded and incentivised for their work perform better, and by creating a culture of safety and mutual respect, businesses can cultivate better results. A recent study into the benefits of ethical recruitment shows that after implementing an ethical recruitment model:

  • 71% of business leaders saw an increase in positive worker morale, increasing efficiency

  • 42% observed improved productivity

  • 57% of business leaders reported improved business performance

In addition, the Fair Labour Alliance aims to educate migrant workers about their rights, warning signs to watch out for, and how to report unscrupulous practices.

Mansfield says any recruitment agency should have regular oversight, including anonymous reports of their practices, and that survivors of trafficking are key to giving insight into how human traffickers dupe victims through recruitment.


Freedom United is interested in hearing from our community and welcomes relevant, informed comments, advice, and insights that advance the conversation around our campaigns and advocacy. We value inclusivity and respect within our community. To be approved, your comments should be civil.

stop icon A few things we do not tolerate: comments that promote discrimination, prejudice, racism, or xenophobia, as well as personal attacks or profanity. We screen submissions in order to create a space where the entire Freedom United community feels safe to express and exchange thoughtful opinions.

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

This week

Rounded up and abandoned: Europe’s covert support of migrant atrocities

It is well documented that inhumane immigration policies are forcing migrants to take extremely risky routes on their journey to seek asylum in Europe and globally. However, a year-long investigation by the Washington Post, Lighthouse Reports, and a consortium of international media outlets uncovered that migrant lives are not just at risk due to sketchy channel crossings and being packed in the back of refrigerator trucks. To dissuade sub-Saharan

| Wednesday May 22, 2024

Read more