Training for Fast Retailing on ethical recruitment and migrant worker vulnerabilities

On 11-12 February 2020, IOM conducted a two-day training on ethical recruitment and migrant worker vulnerabilities for Fast Retailing in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. 

The purpose of the training was to strengthen the capacity of Fast Retailing to enhance labour supply chain integrity and build foundational technical skills and knowledge on ethical recruitment and migrant worker vulnerabilities. It further aimed to prepare the Fast Retailing Social Sustainability team for future engagement with their suppliers in Thailand, Japan and Malaysia to identify and address key risks of exploitative recruitment practices and labour conditions. 

IOM also welcomed representatives of the Global Alliance for Sustainable Supply Chain (ASSC) and the Fair Labour Association (FLA) to this training, seeking to strengthen collaboration and develop joint action towards promoting human and labour rights of migrant workers.

As a result of the training, participants have a better understanding of specific vulnerabilities of migrant workers and forced labour risks in the company’s supply chains. By the end of the training, they identified actions to address these risks through closer supplier engagement and improving international recruitment practices in line with Fast Retailing’s commitment to the Employer Pays Principle. 

The training introduced IOM’s labour supply chain mapping methodology and tools to the context of Fast Retailing supply chains. Taking this opportunity, IOM introduced the Migrant Worker Guidelines, which helps companies identify, assess, and mitigate specific risks and meet practical requirements, international standards on upholding human and labour rights of migrant workers in supply chains and good practice at all stages of the labour migration process.

With the skills and knowledge developed during the training, Fast Retailing is expected to work closely with their suppliers to conduct onsite assessments and migrant worker interviews seeking to enhance transparency in the company’s labour supply chain and informing remediation procedures.

 

Background
Under the ongoing partnership project “Promoting Ethical Recruitment and Fair Labour Practices in Garment and Footwear Supply Chains”, IOM will deliver capacity-building to Fast Retailing. The training aims to build foundational technical skills and knowledge of Fast Retailing relevant staff on ethical recruitment and migrant worker vulnerability.
In line with the project document and in close coordination with Fast Retailing Social Sustainability team, IOM developed the two-day interactive training agenda. The training sessions will incorporate the IOM tested training programme “Building Business Capacity to Address Modern Slavery in Operations and Supply Chains”, Migrant Worker Guidelines, as well as results of the Fast Retailing Supplier Self-Assessment delivered by IOM. Specifically, the training will include a combination of action-oriented modules aimed to equip participants with knowledge on forced labour and specific vulnerabilities of migrant workers in Fast Retailing supply chain, as well as identify actionable steps to address it.
Furthermore, the second day for the training will take a practical workshop format, where IOM will guide the Fast Retailing team through labour supply chain planning methodology and tools and seek to receive feedback from Fast Retailing to revise and adjust tools to address Fast Retailing needs in forthcoming supplier assessments. 

Expected Outcomes
By the end of the workshop participants will
•    Better understand FR supply chain recruitment practices and potential forced labour risks;
•    Better understand Migrant Worker Guidelines and forthcoming supporting toolkit;
•    Be able to identify how international recruitment practices can be improved to comply with ethical recruitment standards and Migrant Worker Guidelines;
•    Better understand labour supply chain mapping methodology and tools to be able to conduct supplier assessments. 

Target Audience
12 participants from Fast Retailing Social Sustainability team,  the Global Alliance for Sustainable Supply Chain (ASSC) and the Fair Labour Association (FLA)
 

The training was delivered by IOM under the ongoing partnership project with global apparel company Fast Retailing to promote ethical recruitment and fair labour practices in garment and footwear sector. The partnership project, which kicked off its activities in September 2019, aims to study the recruitment and employment conditions of migrant workers in Fast Retailing’s supply chains and to develop the company’s capacity to respond to identified challenges related to the human and labour rights of migrant workers.  

Time

Agenda item

DAY 1 : 08.45 – 9.00

Arrival and registration

09.00 – 09.15

Welcome Remarks and introductions

09.15 – 09.45

Session 1: Migrant worker vulnerabilities

09.45 – 10.30

Session 2: The labour migration process and FR labour supply chain

10.30 – 10.45

Coffee break (15 mins)

10.45 – 11.15

Session 3: Regulatory Frameworks

11.15 – 12.30

Session 4: Tracing forced labour indicators and risks in the recruitment process for employers and recruiters

12.30 – 13.30

Lunch break (1 hour)

13.30 – 14.00

Session 5: Management systems approach to managing risks

14.00 – 14.45

Session 6: Unpacking the Migrant Worker Guidelines

14.45 – 15.00

Session 7: Identifying effective action

16.00 – 16.30

Session 8: Round-up and closure of the day

DAY 2: 09.00 – 09.30

Recap of day 1

09.30 – 10.30

Session 1: Labour supply chain mapping overview

10.30 – 10.45

Coffee break (15 mins)

10.45 – 11.15

Session 2: Labour supply chain mapping planning

11.15 – 12.30

Session 2: Migrant worker interviews

12.30 – 13.30

Lunch break (1 hour)

13.30 – 14.30

Session 3: Management interviews and document review

14.30 – 15.00

Session 4: Data analysis and reporting

15.00 – 15.15

Coffee break (15 mins)

15.15 – 15.45

Session 5: Communication of results

15.45 – 16.15

Training Evaluation online

16.15 – 16.30

Closing

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