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Advancing Fair and Ethical Recruitment for All


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Connect to the Movement Paving the Way for Fair, Ethical, and Responsible Recruitment

The Global Forum for Responsible Recruitment is a thought leadership platform for accelerating the fair, ethical, and responsible recruitment of migrant workers. We convene a global ecosystem and marketplace – global brands, suppliers, recruitment agencies, governments, employers and employer’s organisations, workers and workers’ organisations, intergovernmental and civil society organisations – to take stock, nurture ideas, foster engagement, and inspire action.



International Labour Organization

Director General,
International Organization for Migration

Senior Advisor, CREA
Board Member, IHRB

General Secretary,
International Trade Union Confederation

International Organisation of Employers

Founder and Director,

Register now to view the full list of speakers across the four day #GFRR2021



The four-day #GFRR2021 agenda will cover a range of issues, sectors, and actors, broken down across four key aspects of responsible recruitment.

Fostering success and measuring impact

Better regulating, enforcing, & incentivising

Empowering workers

Building new sectoral models


The #GFRR2021 Agenda will be announced shortly. Register now to be notified as soon as it’s published.

No worker should pay for a job — the costs of recruitment should be borne not by the worker but by the employer.


How To Navigate & Participate








The #GFRR2021 is hosted by the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), International Labour Organization (ILO), and International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Since 2016, the Institute for Human Rights and Business’ (IHRB) Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment (LGRR) has played a significant role in highlighting the issue of responsible recruitment, and is one of the leading initiatives working towards the eradication of worker-paid recruitment fees. The Group consists of 15 international brands supported by civil society organisations, and the ILO and IOM, who use their collective leverage to promote safe and responsible recruitment practices globally. A key premise upon which the Group is founded, ‘The Employer Pays Principle’ – No worker should pay for a job, the costs of recruitment should be borne, not by the worker but by the employer – is now widely referenced by business, governments, trade unions, civil society, and international organisations. The IHRB-hosted Global Forum for Responsible Recruitment has previously been held in Berlin (2017), Singapore (2018) and Bangkok (2019).
The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the United Nations agency for the world of work. It sets international labour standards, promotes rights at work and encourages decent employment opportunities, the enhancement of social protection and the strengthening of dialogue on work-related issues. In 2014 the ILO launched a global ‘Fair Recruitment Initiative’ to help prevent human trafficking and forced labour; protect the rights of workers, including migrant workers, from abusive and fraudulent practices during the recruitment process; and reduce the cost of labour migration and enhance development outcomes for migrant workers and their families, as well as for countries of origin and destination. This multi-stakeholder initiative is implemented in close collaboration with governments, representative employers’ and workers’ organisations, the private sector and other key partners. To further this work, in 2016 the ILO adopted the General Principles and Operational Guidelines for Fair Recruitment, which are completed by a Definition of Related Recruitment Fees and Costs, which was adopted in 2019.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

In 2014, the IOM created  IRIS  – its flagship initiative to promote ethical recruitment of migrant workers. The goal of IRIS is to make international recruitment fair for everyone involved: migrant workers, employers, recruiters and countries of origin and destination. It does this by: Promoting respect for the rights of migrant workers; Enhancing
transparency and accountability in recruitment; Advancing the Employer Pays Principle; Strengthening public policies, regulations and enforcement mechanisms.

The IRIS engagement with government is guided by the Montréal Recommendations on Recruitment: A Road Map towards Better Regulation, a set of global guidance articulating good practice in recruitment regulation, enforcement and protection of migrant workers. The Montréal Recommendations, developed by regulators for regulators, reflect growing consensus among policy makers that governance gaps in international recruitment require deliberate, robust and coordinated action.


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