Parallel Session of the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights

Working together to promote human rights due diligence and protect workers’ rights during recruitment

An increasing number of workers in search of decent working conditions are looking for opportunities beyond their home country. Concerns have been raised about the growing role of unscrupulous labour recruiters often operating outside the legal and regulatory framework.

This session, organized jointly by International Labour Organization, the Institute for Human Rights and Business, the UN Global Compact and Verité, will discuss how to improve the protection of workers, especially migrant workers, from such exploitative labour practices and ensure compliance with national and international standards. It will present collaborative efforts to promote due diligence and highlight promising practices to prevent and eliminate abusive and fraudulent recruitment. It will also draw attention to innovative laws, policies and enforcement mechanisms enhancing fair recruitment processes.

The panel discussion will provide an opportunity to:
  • offer insights on recruitment-related provisions contained in the new international treaty on forced labour
  • share results of research on regulatory and enforcement models on recruitment
  • discuss different innovative models by business fostering fair recruitment and their potential for replication
  • exchange experience on how to best support due diligence efforts of labour market intermediaries to ensure their recruitment practices do not have a negative impact on the human rights of migrant workers and other vulnerable groups



  • John Morrison, Executive Director, Institute for Human Rights and Business


  • Beate Andrees, Chief, ILO Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch
  • Sarah Fox, Special Representative for International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Linda Kromjong, Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers (IOE)
  • Neha Misra, Senior Specialist Migration and Human Trafficking, Solidarity Center
  • Brent Wilton, Global Director, Workplace Rights, Coca-Cola Company
  • Philip Hunter, Program Director, Verité