ICCR’s Recommended Practices for Companies
ICCR recommends that corporations take the following steps to protect their supply chains from the twin risks of labor trafficking and sex trafficking:
• Integrate fair and responsible hiring policies and practices into corporate wide-operations and supply chains.
• Adopt a “no fees” policy for operations and supply chain partners prohibiting the practice of workers paying for their job.
• Utilize existing guidelines for suppliers, such as Verite’s Fair Hiring Tool Kit who outsource recruitment to ensure that their labor brokers are ethical and in full compliance with labor laws.
• Conduct audits to identify problems or instances of non-compliance and develop corrective action plans that identify root causes to prevent instances of recurrence.
• Participate in” bottom-up,” multi-stakeholder supply chain initiatives--modeled on the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, that include trade unions, non-governmental organizations, brands/retailers and suppliers--in addressing labor trafficking.
• Negotiate fair prices for products made by suppliers so that workers will receive a living wage and not be trapped in debt bondage.
• Integrate the Luxor Implementation Guidelines’ zero tolerance policy towards trafficking in human beings—women, children and men-- into corporate practices and supply chain accountability.
• Adopt and implement the ECPAT Code (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) addressing the sexual exploitation of children and include the code provisions in its human rights policy.
• Include a clause in contracts with vendors, suppliers, host-government agreements and joint ventures to state a common repudiation of trafficking and compliance with local, national and international laws related to all forms of trafficking.
• Train employees on effectively detecting trafficking victims and publicly report on how staff is trained: the number, frequency and type of staff trained and the impact of the training.
• Implement a corporate policy for business travel to use hotel chains that have adopted the ECPAT code or similar policies to combat sex trafficking.