In early June 2017, BSCI held a training session for Thai producers on ‘Remediation Plan for Responsible Recruitment’. This training is the latest of a series of capacity building activities carried out since February to promote improvements in the recruitment practices applied by Thai food processors.
During the session, attendees discussed BSCI’s approach to responsible recruitment and identified feasible steps to increase transparency in the recruitment process, in particular when involving recruiting agencies.
In recent years, Thailand has stepped up its engagement to combat human trafficking and improve working conditions of migrant workers. In line with the efforts of the Thai government, BSCI and its participants have worked closely with Thai food exporters to raise awareness on the exploitation of migrant workers and promote measures to prevent and remediate such risks at the factory level.
Since 2015, a coalition of BSCI buyers and importers joined efforts through the BSCI Food Working Group to collectively address the issue of migrant worker exploitation and promote transparency in recruitment processes.
Following a high-level seminar organised in late February in Bangkok in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), during the different training sessions, 17 of the largest Thai food processors have actively contributed to highlight challenges and identify potential solutions that can be driven by the private sector. Training materials from these sessions are available in Thai here.
Based on the extensive experience gained in Thailand, BSCI has developed a general training workshop on responsible recruitment addressed to BSCI producers, first sessions of which have been already scheduled in Turkey. This workshop is part of the BSCI Module on Responsible Recruitment, which will soon incorporate practical guidelines for BSCI participants and producers on responsible recruitment practices.
Contact: Verónica Rubio, FTA Senior Manager Strategic Programmes