Enhancing Industry capacity to implement ethical recruitment models in Viet Nam and Nepal to protect migrant workers in South Korean Businesses’ Supply Chains

Recognizing the links between unethical recruitment practices and decent work deficits for migrant workers, including modern slavery, the “Enhancing Industry capacity to implement ethical recruitment models in Viet Nam and Nepal to protect migrant workers in South Korean Businesses’ Supply Chains” project aims to contribute to the protection of the human rights and labour rights of migrant workers by supporting private sector actors in Viet Nam, Nepal and the Republic of Korea (ROK) to implement fair recruitment principles. 

Concretely, the project will help build the capacities of government and business stakeholders in the Republic of Korea (ROK), Viet Nam and Nepal to translate private sector commitments into effective ethical recruitment schemes and multi-stakeholder action plans to reduce the risk of human trafficking and slavery. The project is based on IOM’s standard International Recruitment Integrity System (IRIS) application, and the Corporate Responsibility in Eliminating Slavery and Trafficking (CREST) framework initiatives and works in close coordination with ROK’s Employment Permit System (EPS) and with the recruitment agency in Vietnam and Nepal. 

Korean Multinational Corporations (MNCs) have globalized supply chains, largely concentrated in Asia, notably in China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Viet Nam, employing both national and migrant workers including large numbers of workers from Viet Nam and Nepal.