What is IRIS?

IRIS is a voluntary multi-stakeholder certification system for labour recruiters developed to support ethical recruitment of migrant workers. It is comprised of an international standard, certification scheme, and a compliance and monitoring mechanism. For businesses and migrant workers, IRIS serves as a due diligence tool for the assessment of labour recruiters.


Our Vision

Ethical recruitment is fair for workers, fair for labour recruiters, fair for employers!

Our Approach

IRIS takes a management systems approach to ensure ethical recruitment, transparency, and due diligence are prioritized throughout the recruitment process. The prevailing recruitment business model is based the exploitation of workers. As such, IRIS fosters partnerships across sectors aimed at achieving industry-wide change. IRIS is being developed through multi-stakeholder consultations led by the International Organization for Migration and a coalition of partners committed to the ethical recruitment and protection of migrant workers.

Our Objectives


IRIS aims to bring transformative change to the recruitment industry by:

  • Identifying and supporting ethical labour recruiters

  • Promoting the Employer Pays Principle (the employer, not the worker, pays for recruitment)

  • Improving due diligence by companies, governments and workers

  • Increasing transparency in recruitment processes and labour supply chains