Summary of Results
This is the lowest scoring theme, where, despite strong policies of a few companies, overall awareness and transparency is limited, and no company receives full points across all indicators.
Seven companies demonstrate awareness of the risk of exploitation of migrant workers by recruitment agencies and brokers and a commitment to address such risks, but only two companies encourage direct hiring of workers in their supply chains. Four companies have policies that require recruitment agencies in their supply chains to uphold workers' rights, and five companies require suppliers to disclose to them the recruiters that they use.
Six companies have a standard or policy specifically regarding recruitment of foreign migrant workers. For example, Nike requires suppliers to put in place such a policy which should, at a minimum, include the requirements of foreign migrant workers' fair treatment, payment of employment eligibility fees, payment of transportation costs, repatriation, and any requirements under country law. Suppliers are required to effectively communicate the policy to workers.
Six companies require that no fees be charged during any recruitment processes conducted throughout their supply chains, and five companies ensure fees are reimbursed to supply chain workers in the event that they discover such fees have been paid.
Only three companies ensure recruitment agencies in their supply chains are audited: L Brands reserves the right to undertake such audits, and adidas occasionally requires suppliers to assess their recruiters in order to evaluate if fees were paid or how contracts with workers were negotiated. GAP requires its supplier to ensure all third party employment agencies recruit workers in compliance with its code of conduct and to provide evidence of this through relevant documentation.