Partnerships that strive for industry-wide change are essential to effective promotion of ethical recruitment. Thus, the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is an important development. IOM is the leading intergovernmental organization on migration, with 166 Member States. The FTA works with 1,900 companies to develop supply chains that respect workers, the environment, human rights and labour standards.
The MOU aims to strengthen collaboration on promoting ethical recruitment, protecting migrant workers and combating human trafficking between the two organizations. The main areas of collaboration include the use of IRIS Standard and certification scheme to support the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). BSCI is a supply chain management system helping companies to achieve social compliance and improve their supply chains.
Speaking at the MOU signing event on 15 June 2017 in Brussels, Eugenio Ambrosi, IOM Regional Director for the EU, Norway and Switzerland said "we believe this new partnership between IOM and FTA will bolster joint efforts to improve conditions for migrant workers and provide strong public-private leadership in promoting sustainable supply chains.” To FTA Director General, Christian Ewert, the partnership is an opportunity for "collective and strategic action to improve the protection of migrant workers in global supply chains.”