The Global Forum for

RESPONSIBLE

RECRUITMENT

Advancing Fair and Ethical Recruitment for All

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25-26 JUNE 2023

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ABOUT

No worker should pay for a job, the costs of recruitment should be borne by the employer. The Global Forum for Responsible Recruitment (GFRR) is a leadership forum for accelerating the responsible recruitment of migrant workers around the world, in line with the Employer Pays Principle.

In 2023, Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), in partnership with Aim-Progress, will deliver the 6th Global Forum for Responsible Recruitment #GFRR2023 in New York City.

The Forum will run over two days, exploring existing approaches and practices. This multi-stakeholder event brings together businesses, civil society, trade unions, government, and academia to discuss the global agenda on responsible recruitment. It will examine the unique challenges and innovative approaches business faces in implementing responsible recruitment.

The GFRR is free to attend, but pre-registration is essential. Registration for the Global Forum will open soon, along with the Agenda and key resources.

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Join the leading forum for accelerating fair, ethical, and responsible recruitment of migrant workers.

The Global Forum for Responsible Recruitment 2024 is a two-day event bringing together businesses, civil society, trade unions, government, and academia to discuss the global agenda on responsible recruitment.

#GFRR2024 will be an in-person event in London and will also be live-streamed to an online audience around the world.

The Forum is free to attend.

Places to attend GFRR2023 in-person are now full.
Register now to join the event online.

By attending online, you will be given access to join a virtual event platform, where you will be able to watch the sessions and use the platform’s chat features to network with other participants and speakers.

You can also join the in-person waiting list, and we’ll contact you if spaces become available.

By attending online, you will be given access to join a virtual event platform, where you will be able to watch the sessions and use the platform’s chat features to network with other participants and speakers.

REGISTRATION

The GFRR is free to attend, but registration is essential.
Places to attend in person are limited. If you choose to attend in person, please wait for a confirmation email stating that your place in London is secure. Choosing to join virtually guarantees your attendance online.

Important: IHRB will not cover the costs of travel and attendance.
Please note: The GFRR is convened by The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) with the support of We & Goliath in producing the online event. There will be screen shots and session recording during this event. Your image may be captured and used for the host organisers’ promotional purposes online and in print. By registering, you are giving all organisers your permission to use your image in this way, as well as to contact you in relation to the event. If you have any queries about this, please email gfrr@ihrb.org. Data submitted is managed by the Institute for Human Rights and Business. (Read IHRB’s privacy policy).

WHY ATTEND

A PLATFORM FOR IDEAS


THOUGHT LEADERSHIP
Taking stock and nurturing ideas to achieve better recruitment regulation and practices and eradicate worker-paid recruitment fees.

A GLOBAL ECOSYSTEM


CONVENING
A global ecosystem that inspires and enables uptake of improved recruitment commitments, practices, and outcomes.

A COMMUNITY OF INNOVATORS


NETWORKING
Connecting global and diverse organisations and their ecosystems to accelerate progress around our shared mission.

A PATH TO IMPACT


SHARED LEARNING
Amplifying expertise to scale uptake and empower all to shape a sustainable recruitment industry.
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AGENDA

The two days of GFRR 2024 bring together experts and practitioners to tackle the challenges and solutions for protecting migrant workers. This year’s Forum will focus on presenting concrete tools for responsible recruitment, protecting the rights of women migrant workers, and the recruitment challenges in key migration corridors.

The agenda will open soon.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Joe
Martinez

Chief Executive Officer,
CIERTO Global

Louise
Herring

Executive Director,
AIM-Progress

Rebekah
Smith

Executive Director,
Labor Mobility Partnerships (LaMP)

Pranay
Rai

Compliance Head,
International Manpower Recruitment Pvt. Ltd.

William
Gois

Regional Coordinator,
Migrant Forum In Asia

Amy
Lehr

Assistant General Counsel, Human Rights and Sustainability,
Mars, Inc.

Neha
Misra

J.D. Global Lead,
Migration & Human Trafficking

Rachel
Micah-Jones

Executive Director/Directora Ejecutiva, Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc.

LAST YEAR'S THEMES

The three-day #GFRR2022 agenda covered four key aspects of responsible recruitment.

ACTION IN
SUPPLY
CHAINS

WOMEN
MIGRANT
WORKERS

GOVERNMENT
PROCESSES &
DEVELOPMENT

Financing Responsible Recruitment

The #GFRR2022 Agenda will be announced shortly. Register now to be notified as soon as it’s published.

CONTRIBUTING PARTNERS

Discover the organisations who collaborated with IHRB to produce the webinars, presentations, and on-demand sessions for this year’s forum.

SPEAKERS' ORGANISATIONS

SPEAKERS' ORGS

Meet the stakeholders and actors, convening to discuss challenges and collaborative actions needed to advance the responsible recruitment of migrant workers around the world.

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

PREVIOUS FORUMS

Hosted by IHRB, the ILO, and IOM, the 2021 Global Forum for Responsible Recruitment took place from 12-15 April 2021. The GFRR 2021 spanned four days, convening 16 discussions. To capture some key takeaways from each session, we invited colleagues from across the ecosystem to record and share their reflections on the discussion.

Hosted exclusively online by IHRB, the 2022 Global Forum for Responsible Recruitment took place from 1 – 3 November. The GFRR 2022 presented eight live sessions plus 16 recordings viewed by more than 1,600 participants. Access all sessions and materials now available on IHRB’s YouTube channel.

Hosted in person and online by IHRB in partnership with AIM-Progress, the 2023 Global Forum for Responsible Recruitment took place from 13 to 14 June in New York City. The GFRR 2023 live-streamed 15 sessions that were viewed more than 4,000 times by participants around the world. Access all sessions and materials now available on IHRB’s YouTube channel.

GFRR 2023: Hosted in person and online by IHRB in partnership with AIM-Progress, the 2023 Global Forum for Responsible Recruitment took place from 13 to 14 June in New York City. The GFRR 2023 live-streamed 15 sessions that were viewed more than 4,000 times by participants around the world. Access all sessions and materials now available on IHRB’s YouTube channel. 

GFRR 2022: Hosted exclusively online by IHRB, the 2022 Global Forum for Responsible Recruitment took place from 1 – 3 November. The GFRR 2022 presented eight live sessions plus 16 recordings viewed by more than 1,600 participants. Access all sessions and materials now available on IHRB’s YouTube channel.

GFRR 2021: Hosted by IHRB, the ILO, and IOM, the 2021 Global Forum for Responsible Recruitment took place from 12-15 April 2021. The GFRR 2021 spanned four days, convening 16 discussions. To capture some key takeaways from each session, we invited colleagues from across the ecosystem to record and share their reflections on the discussion.

HOSTS

#GFRR2024 is hosted by the Institute for Human Rights and Business in partnership with Aim-Progress and Stronger Together.

About IHRB and Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment

The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) is a think tank that works to make human rights part of everyday business by shaping policy, advancing practice, and strengthening accountability across all business sectors. The IHRB Migrant Workers Programme developed the Dhaka Principles for Migration with Dignity to provide a clear framework for understanding and addressing the challenges faced by migrant workers in all sectors and locations throughout the migration cycle.

Over the last few years, Responsible Recruitment of migrant workers has featured strongly on the radar of business and governments. Since 2016, the IHRB’s 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 16 international brands supported by three 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.

About AIM-Progress

AIM-Progress is a global forum of leading Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) manufacturers and common suppliers, assembled to enable and promote responsible sourcing practices and sustainable supply chains. Their members work together to co-create solutions and share best practices to drive positive impact quickly, efficiently, and at scale within the branded consumer goods supply chain. Their key objective is to build capacity so that member organisations and their suppliers have the knowledge, confidence, and ability to develop and execute robust responsible sourcing programmes. AIM-Progress and its individual member companies are working to promote Responsible  Recruitment in global supply chains. Challenging the payment of worker  recruitment fees and related costs is a key strategy and focus for 2023.

About Stronger Together

Stronger Together is an impact driven, not for profit organisation that provides organisations with practical training, resources, business services and collaborative programmes in order to achieve its vision of a world where all workers are recruited responsibly and have fair work, free from exploitation.

Stronger Together works across three continents and within multiple sectors, often in collaboration with strategic sector and in-country partners. It provides practical, innovative solutions, based on established international standards and methodologies, to drive effective human rights due diligence in global supply chains – with a particular focus on responsible recruitment, fair work and tackling labour exploitation.

Stronger Together mobilises and facilitates collaboration amongst multi-stakeholders to achieve systemic change at scale and plays an active role in mediating dialogue on issues that require a collaborative response such as progress on the Employer Pays Principle.

The 2024 Global Forum for Responsible Recruitment is hosted and produced by the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB).
 
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