Ethical recruitment means hiring workers lawfully, and in a fair and transparent manner that respects their dignity and human rights.
IRIS promotes ethical recruitment in four ways:
Developing an international Standard on ethical recruitment
Building a certification scheme for labour recruiters
Building synergies and collaborative efforts driving for industry-wide change, such as:
The CREST Business Case for Ethical Recruitment and Supply Chain Management
Build and preserve company brand, and protect the reputation of the industry
Companies that invest in ethical business practices are likely to experience positive results in terms of increased customer and investor trust, which can help boost a company’s market value.
Meet Expectations of customers and international buyers
Consumers are increasingly questioning where their goods come from and the conditions in which they are made. Slavery-like practices are exposed and shared quickly online.
Avoid civil and criminal litigation, and promote trade
All companies are required to comply with the laws of the country in which they operate. Failure to do so can lead to criminal and civil liability, as well as administrative penalties.
Fight unfair competition
It is in the interests of law-abiding companies to take action and advocate for ethical business practices to level the playing field. Otherwise, unethical companies will continue to make billions of dollars in illegal profits from unpaid wages, undeclared taxes and so on.
Boost workplace productivity and facilitate better recruitment of workers
Companies that treat their workers well by complying with all labour and human rights standards tend to have more productive workplaces, in which the rates of staff turnover are low, there are fewer workplace accidents andless work stoppages.