Why we a Specific Policy & Guidance for Migrant Workers
As of March 2023, 13% of the workers operating in our Tier 1 supply chain are domestic or international migrant workers.
The employment of Migrant Workers is important in our global supply chain as people seek better opportunities to provide for their families and futures. We often identify Migrant Labour in supply chains where local labour availability is declining, or where there are well-established and well used immigration routes.
The routes used to recruit Migrant Worker can be complicated, Migrant Labour is recruited by factories (directly) or through agencies (indirectly) linking factories to home countries or territories. Once they arrive in their destination country/territory they may again be employed directly by factories or indirectly as Contract Labour, working for Labour Providers.
Migrant Workers are vulnerable to several risks which could lead to inferior employment terms, harsh treatment, discrimination and unsuitable accommodation.
- Impaired training (including essential safety training) due to lack of fluency in local language;
- Lack of awareness of rights and entitlements in their destination country;
- Lack of access to services and entitlements (welfare/health) in their destination country;
- Being bonded to their job through repayment of fees to recruitment agencies or employers;
- Exploitation due to lack of full legal employment status;