By Teresa Cerojano
Associated press 14 September 2017
Asia Pacific business leaders are working on recommendations to protect migrant workers from modern day slavery and to ensure companies’ supply sources are free from such unethical employment, according to Australia’s ambassador for people smuggling and human trafficking.
One idea might be to create a regional website that rates employment recruiters — something already being done in Vietnam, Andrew Goledzinowski said. Another idea could be to designate a common telephone number as a regional hotline, similar to what the sportswear company Adidas provides to its factory workers in China and elsewhere.
Goledzinowski suggested the ideas at a forum of officials and business leaders from 45 Indo-Pacific countries and territories known as the Bali Process that also aims at ensuring companies’ supply of materials are not tainted by unethical employment.
“We are hoping they will come up with the recommendations for how to better manage the recruitment of migrant workers and the protection of migrant workers” he said in an interview Wednesday. He said the measures also aim “to manage supply chain transparency so that businesses are not just responsible for what happens in their business, but also who they buy from.”