International Organization For Migration (IOM)

Consultant (Development of An investment Case for Adoption of Ethical Recruitment Practices By Suppliers)

International Organization For Migration (IOM)

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Services Title : Consultant/ Consulting Firm - the development of an investment case for adoption of ethical recruitment practices by suppliers in Thailand (Request for proposals) Duty Station : Home-based with travel Classification : Consultant or Services Type of Appointment : Consultancy or Service Contract, 3 months Desired Start Date : As soon as possible Closing Date : 30 January 2020 Reference Code : CFCV067/2019 Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. Background Information The IOM Corporate Responsibility in Eliminating Slavery and Trafficking (CREST) is a regional partnership initiative working with several private and public sector actors to advance human and labour rights of migrant workers in global supply chains. CREST is a response to the risks faced by migrant workers in the Asia and Pacific region, where over 60 per cent of victims of modern slavery encompassing human trafficking, forced labour, servitude and slavery, are located. Two thirds of those fall prey of forced labour practices, almost one in four of whom are migrants. Modern slavery often starts at the recruitment stage when unscrupulous labour brokers or recruiters request migrant workers to pay excessive recruitment fees and related costs of travel to the country of employment, visa, documents and additional processing fees upfront and prior to their departure. Migrant workers, often in economic difficulties, turn to relatives, acquaintances and their labour recruiters to borrow money for this upfront investment. Taken loans may result in the situation of debt bondage where the amount owed is equivalent to multiple months of workers’ salaries. As a result, jobs are performed at nearly zero profit. Unethical practices may affect migrants at any stage of the employment cycle. These often include failure by recruiters to provide sufficient information about the job and work conditions in the country of destination, retaining personal documents, withholding of salaries, restricting freedom of movement, and denying migrants their Human Rights. Acknowledging the importance of tackling issues related to the recruitment of migrant workers in the global supply chains and growing interest in advancing human rights in the context of international business, IOM is looking for a consultant to develop an investment case for adopting and supporting ethical recruitment practices including employer pays principle promoted under IOM CREST and IRIS programme outlined here https://iris.iom.int. Objective Based on assessment of an employer in the garment sector selected by IOM, the commissioned case study should capture company’s potential financial and non-financial outcomes including 1) potential short and long-term impact of adoption of ethical recruitment practices on financial and non-financial performance (e.g. productivity, reputation); 2) the level of upfront investment required to align the existing recruitment practices of migrant workers with ethical recruitment principles including ‘’employer pays’’ principle; 3) savings arising from the avoidance of potential litigation 2 costs borne by a selected supplier related to the prevalence of unethical recruitment schemes in their facilities, 4) organizational changes (management system, personnel, support structure) introduced in order to support the transition to employer pays principle; Overall, this investment case aims to serve two purposes: 1) to present global buyers with an investment scenario of transitioning to ethical recruitment and employer pays principle showcasing the level of financial investment and organizational efforts required by local suppliers in advancing their ethical recruitment practices in relation to migrant workers, and support needed from global buyers; 2) to showcase potential financial (including avoidance of litigation costs) and reputational gains arising from the adoption of ethical recruitment practices to local employers in order to encourage them to take an active role in combating unethical recruitment practices of migrants in their facilities. For Deliverables, Timeframe and Requirement, please find https://thailand.iom.int/sites/default/files/Recruitment/67.CFCV067_2019%20Consultant_Consulting%20Firm%2C%20LHD%2C%20Bangkok_1.pdf bkkrecruitment@iom.int http://thailand.iom.int/sites/default/files/Recruitment/IOM%20Personal%20History%20Form%20
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