We at the CGF have identified three of the most problematic, yet often common employment practices across the world that can lead to cases of forced labour. To counter these three practices, we have produced the Priority Industry Principles, which could help lead to the necessary changes to eliminate forced labour. Our members will work to uphold these practices in their own operations, and will use their collective voice to promote the adoption of these priority principles industry-wide. 

A Message from Our Board

“Forced labour is an unacceptable human rights violation that can take multiple forms, and must be addressed.  
While certain employment and recruitment practices may not initially appear problematic, in aggregate or combined with other forms of leverage, they can result in forced labour, particularly among vulnerable workers. 
We will take active measures to apply these Principles across our global value chains and own operations, to cases where such practices may lead to forced labour. We will seek to apply these Principles to all workers regardless of their employment status, location, contractual arrangements or role. We will do this as part of our collective journey to advance the human rights of workers and positively shape global labour markets.”

The Principles

I. Every worker should have freedom of movement.
The ability of workers to move freely should not be restricted by their employer through abuse, threats and practices such as retention of passport and valuable possessions.
II. No worker should pay for a job.
Fees and costs associated with recruitment and employment should be paid by the employer, not the employee.
III. No worker should be indebted or coerced to work.
Workers should work freely, aware of the terms and conditions of their work in advance, and paid regularly as agreed.

Join the Fight

Success for our industry can only be achieved if we stand together. It will require collaborative actions on a global scale, so join your peers who are already working to eradicate forced labour from their supply chains. Members interested in collaborating on the issue are welcome to join our member-led groups.

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