Labour migration diplomacy                

Immigration & Business & Human rights 

Even if States do not fulfill their obligations, all business enterprises are expected to respect human rights, meaning they should avoid infringing on the human rights of others, and should address adverse human rights impacts with which they are involved (OHCHR).

Through the United Nations Global Compact principles. We aim to create opportunities for migrants with lived experience to engage with employers to reduce their homegrown slavery footprints. Collaboration between migrants with lived experience-led organisations, businesses and statutory agencies is crucial.

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Principles

The ten principles

Human Rights

Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.


Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.


Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.


Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

The participants  pledge to 

  • Make the UN Global Compact and its principles an integral part of their business strategy, day-to-day operations and organisational culture
  • Incorporate the UN Global Compact and their principles in decision-making processes at the highest levels
  • Engage in partnerships that advance the UN Global Compact's principles and support broader UN goals, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Advance the UN Global Compact and the case for responsible business practices through advocacy and outreach to peers, partners, clients, consumers and the public at large

Contact: YƤlle Latevi Lawson - Tanniou, Labour migration diplomacy officer.

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