The Fair Recruitment Initiative (FRI) was launched in 2014 as part of the ILO Director General’s call for a Fair Migration Agenda. Since its launch, the FRI has been critical to the ILO’s work in the area of national and international recruitment of workers and has added renewed impetus and visibility to this important topic. The FRI has combined global policy dialogue, knowledge and data generation with on-the-ground interventions where tools are tested, implemented, and expertise created. The Fair Recruitment Initiative contributes to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 8 and 10.7 and in particular to the elimination of recruitment costs in line with SDG Indicator 10.7.1. Continued from Phase I, the second phase of the Fair Recruitment Initiative is grounded in relevant international labour standards (ILS), global guidance on fair recruitment, and social dialogue between governance institutions and actors of the labour market. The general goals remain constant, ensuring that recruitment practices:
- are transparent, and effectively regulated, monitored and enforced;
- protect all workers’ rights, including fundamental principles and rights at work, and prevent human trafficking and forced labour;
- efficiently inform and respond to employment policies and labour market needs.
Phase two of the ILO Fair Recruitment Initiative is a timely call for action. Labour migration and recruitment practices need to adapt to the COVID-19 context and ensure the rights of migrant workers are respected, while taking into account the legitimate concerns of host communities, employers and recruiters."Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General
- Pillar 1: Enhancing, exchanging and disseminating global knowledge on national and international recruitment processes.
- Pillar 2: Improving laws, policies and enforcement to promote fair recruitment.
- Pillar 3: Promoting fair business practices.
- Pillar 4: Empowering and protecting workers.