Migrant workers - an introduction

Below are select introductory materials on business and migrant workers.  Further reports from a wide range of sources are in the "Migrant workers" section of our site.


Key reports and guidance

The Dhaka Principles for Migration with Dignity, Institute for Human Rights and Business, 2012

International Labor Migration: A Responsible Role for Business [PDF], Business for Social Responsibility, 2008

Business and Migration Report: Roundtables Johannesburg, London and LA [PDF], The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration, 2007

The Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration, Non-binding principles and guidelines for a rights-based approach to labour migration [PDF], ILO, 2006

In search of Decent Work - Migrant workers' rights: A manual for trade unionists [PDF], ILO, Bureau for Workers' Activities, 2008

Keep Your Head Down - Unprotected Migrants in South Africa, Human Rights Watch, Feb 2007

Building Towers, Cheating Workers, Exploitation of Migrant Construction Workers in the United Arab Emirates, Human Rights Watch, Nov 2006


Concerns, company responses and non-responses

The Resource Centre invites companies to respond to allegations of misconduct.  Below are examples of allegations and company responses regarding migrant workers.  We also indicate when a company has not responded.

Global: National Labor Committee accuses Toyota of labour abuses in own operations & supply chain, Jul 2008. Toyota response.

Argentina: Union alleges rural migrant workers for subsidiaries of olive company Nucete living in "sub-human" conditions, Apr 2007. No response received from Nucete.


Positive steps by companies

China: Unilever project supports migrant workers' children in rural China.

Denmark: Business and Migration: Perceptions from Denmark - A Compilation of Reflections by Danish Business and Organized Industry on Various Issues Related to Migration []PDF], The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration, Feb 2009.  Refers to positive steps by Comwell, Eurotex, ISS, Metro, Microsoft, Novo Nordisk.

Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua: Project supported by US Govt., companies & NGOs in 3 Latin American countries aims to improve workplace conditions & standards at fruit farms.  Refers to Chiquita, Del Monte, Dole, Tesco, Wal-Mart.

Saudi Arabia: Rahma advertisements urge mercy for workers

Spain: Real Madrid & 5 institutions launch "Causas Justas" with messages for the social integration of immigrants [Spanish only]

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