Discussion: How to manage labour chains with respect to human rights of migrant workers

Migration, human trafficking & forced labour: how to avoid risks and increase transparency in labour supply chains

Migrants and refugees in forced labor, lack of transparency in working conditions in the supply chain and inadequate supervision of subcontractors are among the most significant risks Finnish companies are facing in the area of social responsibility.

The role and responsibility of business to respect human rights, also those of migrant workers, is clearly defined in the 2011 UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Although many companies have extensive monitoring and auditing systems in place, the lack of visibility to the entire supply chain may result in significant risks that companies are not yet prepared to identify or to tackle.

FIBS and International Organization for Migration (IOM) invite businesses to explore how they can manage their labour supply chains to respect human rights of migrant workers and their families.

Key questions:

  • What are the key areas of concern/focus for Finnish businesses in regards of protecting migrant workers and their families?

  • What are the concrete and practical ways businesses can reduce risks of migrant exploitation within a company and in supply chain?
  • What are the main challenges in meeting human rights commitments related to migrants and how to address them?


8.30  Registration and breakfast

9.00  Welcome / FIBS and IOM Country Office in Finland

Global labour migration, human trafficking & forced labour – why global labour migration is a potential risk for Finnish companies? What could be done to manage the risk? 
Hannah Plumb, Project Officer, International Recruitment System (IRIS) Secretariat IOM Headquarters

Managing labour supply chains at IKEA 
Ajda Cevc, Sustainability Policy and Engagement Project Leader, IKEA of Sweden AB

Group discussions 
Exchanging views on key issues and concrete ways to advance human rights of migrants within their business sector and labour supply chains

12.00  Event ends

About FIBS:

FIBS is Finland’s leading corporate responsibility network. Its aim is to help companies in making better business: by providing information on new innovative ways to develop sustainable business and offering unique networking opportunities with companies from different sectors as well as with other organizations. The network has over 300 members, most of which are large companies.

About IOM's initiatives on corporate responsibility: 

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.

CREST (Corporate Responsibility in Eliminating Slavery and Trafficking) programme centres around three pillars of work and is designed to help companies maximize the benefits of migrant labour in their supply chains: 1) Training for the commercial sector on trafficking and slavery, 2) Pre and/or post orientation training for labour migrants and 3) Supporting supply chain mapping and ethical recruitment.

To register for the event, please visit FIBS' site