Talk Show on “Migration and Ethical Recruitment”

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BACKGROUND

In the world of increasing interconnectivity and expanding globalization, migration as a phenomenon has intertwined countries, cultures and people. International migration enables migrants to pursue better livelihoods and also benefitted countries and States. However, while migration is a crucial factor there are many challenges that a migrant worker faces during the migration cycle and their vulnerabilities start initially during recruitment phase. Starting from high recruitment fees, cost of migration to confiscation of documents, contract substitution by companies, lack of proper orientation in country of origin and country of destination, lack of access to justice, poor working conditions, and forced labour are only some of the challenges that are faced by a migrant worker. 

Keeping in mind of the challenges that the migrant workers face many countries have come with the Modern Slaver Act, such as USA’s SB 657 California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (2012), UK Modern Slavery Act (2015), France’s Loi de vigilance (2017), Australian Modern Slavery Act (2019), Canadian Modern Slavery Act (Upcoming).

The implications of these acts on businesses are that the companies/brands/manufacturers need to revisit their human rights and purchasing policies and code of conduct, identification of risk of human trafficking and slavery in their global supply chains, engage with direct suppliers to ensure that products are not made under such circumstances that there are risks of modern slavery indicators prevalent. 

In order to discuss and to create awareness about the implications of the Modern Slavery Acts on the countries of origin and countries of destination and possible solutions to eliminate Modern Slavery risks from supply chains, IOM Bangladesh is organizing a Television Talk Show on “Eliminate Modern Slavery through Responsible Recruitment – Private Sector Roles and Responsibilities” 
 

OBJECTIVES AND OUTCOMES

The broad objective of this talk show is to create awareness and sensitization of a larger community both nationally and internationally on the risks of modern slavery, its indicators, challenges and vulnerabilities that migrant workers face starting from recruitment stage up to her/his return. It will further discuss how Ethical Recruitment can be a solution to many of the challenge. The discussion will be followed by possible recommendations and solutions from the relevant stakeholders within the migration cycle.

 

TARGET AUDIENCE
Government, private sector, national and multinational companies, CSO’s, Development Partners etc.
 

 

The Talkshow is an activity of the Corporate Responsibility in Eliminating Slavery and Trafficking (CREST) Fashion project funded by C&A Foundation.

Time

Session

Speaker

9:00 am – 10:00 am

News and Live Show (in English)
This section will consist of a journey of a migrant worker and highlight the challenges and vulnerabilities that a migrant worker faces starting from recruitment to employment to his/her return to Bangladesh.

Discussion Angle:
• Causes, consequence of unethical recruitment in supply chains
• Possible solutions: Ethical recruitment practices, Strong G2G discussions, International Recruitment Integrity System (IRIS)

- Dr. Ahmed Munirus Saleheen
Additional Secretary, Ministry of Expatriates and Overseas Employment

- Giorgi Gigouri, Chief of Mission, IOM Bangladesh

10:30 AM - 11:00AM

News and Live Bangla Show
The journey of the migrant worker will continue highlighting the overall challenges around modern slavery indicators and risks in the labour supply chain. For instance; high recruitment fees, deceptive or insufficient information on job terms and conditions, confiscation of documents, discriminatory selection and hiring, contract substitution, discrimination and violation of labour rights, isolation, passport retention, ineffective grievance mechanisms, employer specific work permits etc.

Discussion Angle:
• Reinforce the challenges that the migrant workers face starting from recruitment up to return
• Reinforce discussions based on the solutions that were discussed by the discussants in the previous sessions
• Highlight IOM’s support and work with the government and private sectors by promoting ethical recruitment.

- Mr. Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury Noman, Secretary General, BAIRA

- Nirvana Mujtaba, National Programme Officer, Migration and Development Division, IOM Bangladesh

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

News Bulletin: News and Live Comment
This section will highlight the challenges around high recruitment fees and confiscation of documents and link discussions around debt bondage. The speaker would be requested to share their expertise on possible solutions. Additionally, can link as to how government can support these victims of modern slavery up on their return

Discussion Angle:
• Few statistics to support the challenge of high recruitment fees and freedom of movement
• How can relevant stakeholder bring solutions to this challenge?
• How can Government of Bangladesh support these victims of modern slavery up on their return?

-Asif Munir, Migration Expert
- Nirvana Mujtaba, National Programme Officer, Migration and Development Division, IOM Bangladesh

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

News Bulletin : News and Live Comment
This section will highlight the implications of the Modern Slavery Act (i.e. UK) on Businesses

Discussion Angle:
• What businesses should do to ensure that modern slavery indicators and risks are identified
• How does the Modern Slavery Act effect the way businesses operate?
• How can countries support relevant stakeholders in this regard?

-Neill Wilkins, Head of Migrant Workers Programme, Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB)
- Tara Dermott | Head of Sub-Office | IOM Hong Kong SAR, China

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

News Bulletin: News and Live Comment
This news bulletin will highlight the challenges around deceptive and insufficient information on job terms and conditions and contract substitution and link with forced labour indicators

Asif Munir, Migration Expert

3:30 PM

News Bulletin: News and Live Comment
Summary of all the discussions

Sajjad Ahmed, National Programme Officer, IOM Bangladesh

Dr Ahmed Munirus Saleheen

Additional Secretary | Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment

Dr. Ahmed Munirus Saleheen is the Additional Secretary of Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment.

Mr Giorgi Gigauri

Chief of Mission | IOM Bangladesh

Mr. Giorgi Gigauri is serving as the Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Bangladesh since May 2018. He is the Co-Chair of the Strategic Executive Group of the Rohingya refugee response and the Coordinator of the UN Migration Network in Bangladesh. Prior to his current appointment he served as the IOM Chief of Mission in Papua New Guinea and Deputy Chief of Mission at Indonesia. He has been with IOM for over 16 years. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford.

Mr Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury Noman

General Secretary | Association of International Recruiting Agency (BAIRA)

Mr. Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury Noman is the General Secretary of Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agency (BAIRA). He also served as a Joint Secretary General and Executive Committee Member of BAIRA respectively in 2016-2018 and 2012-2014 sessions. He also owns a recruitment agency, Sadia International, since 1995. His educational background is on business management and administration.

Ms Nirvana Mujtaba

Programme Officer | IOM Bangladesh

Ms. Nirvana Mujtaba has been working with IOM Bangladesh as National Programme Officer, Migration and Development Division since 2018. She looks after private sector engagement portfolio in Bangladesh. She is also the focal for CREST initiative in Bangladesh. Nirvana has over 12 years of experience in working with private sector engagement projects at IFC, CARE Bangladesh, GAIN. She was also a lecturer at BRAC University.

Mr Asif Munier

Migration Expert |

Asif Munier is a development professional, theatre activist, rights activist and an activist for ensuring a secular Bangladesh. He has more than 26 years of work experience with national-international NGOs and UN Agencies in Bangladesh. Since 2016 he has been working as a freelance consultant for project development and assessment on human mobility to and from Bangladesh. He is also a media commenter on issues related to labour migration. He acquired his MA from University of Dhaka in 1992 and Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK in 2012.

Mr Neill Wilkins

Head of Migrant Workers Programme | Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB)

Neill manages all aspects of the IHRB Migrant Workers programme. Neill also manages IHRB engagement with the modern slavery agenda and speaks regularly at events focused on forced labour, trafficking and transparency legislation. He helped oversee the development of the Dhaka Principles for Migration With Dignity.

Ms Tara Dermott

Head of IOM Hong Kong SAR Sub-office | IOM Hong Kong SAR, China

Tara Dermott is the Head of the IOM Hong Kong, SAR, China Sub-office where she leads a dynamic team committed to supporting diverse migrant populations and the communities they live in. As a strategic and experienced leader, Tara works with governments, civil society and industry leaders to collaboratively design and deliver innovative programs to prevent human trafficking, modern slavery and forced labour. Her work is grounded in over 15 years of technical experience and fueled by a passion for identifying and sustaining people-centered solutions.  

Mr Sajjad Ahmed

National Programme Officer | IOM Bangladesh

Sajjad Ahmed is working with IOM Bangladesh as National Programme Officer in Migration and Development Division since 2017. He manages skills development and ethical recruitment portfolio of IOM Bangladesh mission. Sajjad has over 11 years of experience of working in different UN agencies and international organizations as development practitioner. He holds Master’s Degree in Development Studies and Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from BRAC University.

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