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Workshop - Addressing recruitment fees: preventing modern slavery

20. juni 2019
Kl. 09:00-13:00 (med påfølgende møte - kun for medlemmer - om hansker fra Malaysia: 13.15 - 15.00. Kontakt oss for påmelding)
Oslo, IEH, Hausmannsgate 19
Linn Aavik

Modern slavery is prevalent in global supply chains – as many as 25 million people worldwide are estimated to be victims of forced labour. Working to eliminate recruitment fees is essential for companies committed to tackling modern slavery in their supply chain. Join this workshop for a practical introduction to recruitment fees and how to address it.


25 million people worldwide are estimated to be victims of modern slavery (excluding victims of forced marriage) (ILO/Walk Free Foundation). Of these, an estimated 16 million people work in the private economy. In this context, every business can be affected by slavery and the awareness amongst companies is growing. A study by the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) with the Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability found that 71 per cent of companies believed there be a likelihood of modern slavery in their supply chains. While Malaysia has been a recent focus for Norwegian companies and organizations due to reports of forced labour in the country’s rubber glove industry, modern slavery is not limited to countries or sectors. Cotton, bricks, textiles, beef, sugarcane, carpets, fish, rice, timber, cocoa and electronics are some examples of products with an identified risk of forced labour in certain countries.

More than half of all victims of forced labour in the private economy, about 8,1 million people, are estimated to be in debt bondage, meaning that their personal debt is used to force them to work (Alliance 8.7). Internationally, the “Employer pays principle” is widely recognized, meaning that workers should not pay any fee related to their recruitment. However, how can this be implemented in practice? This workshop will give you a practical introduction to recruitment fees and how companies should address the issue. Malaysia will be used a case study during this workshop, however the event is relevant to members sourcing from all countries and in all sectors.

About the trainer

Neill Wilkins is Head of Migrant Workers Programme at the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB). Neill specializes in the human rights challenges faced by migrant workers and the companies that recruit and employ them. He has undertaken a number of initiatives with the apparel, construction and hospitality sectors and the international employment industry to promote responsible recruitment. Neill has expert knowledge of responsible recruitment and will provide a practical introduction to recruitment fees and introduce a hands-on approach to addressing the issue.

The workshop will be held in English.

Cost of workshop

Free for members
NOK 1500 for non-members


Please use the form below. Registration is binding. Non-IEH members who are unable to attend will be charged 25% of the registration cost if we are notified between 9-6 days prior to the workshop. If you notify us 5 days or less prior to the event, or if you do not attend on the day, you will be charged the full fee.


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