Assessing FIFA’s Progress Since the Ruggie Report

Assessing FIFA’s Progress Since the Ruggie Report

In October, the international football governing association FIFA released a report entitled FIFA 2.0: Vision for the Future. It is not clear from the FIFA 2.0 report — or from other public statements — whether FIFA has made meaningful progress toward any of Ruggie’s recommendations. 

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Thoughts from Bangladesh and India: Corporate Practices Inflate Recruitment Fees for Low-Wage Migrant Workers

Thoughts from Bangladesh and India: Corporate Practices Inflate Recruitment Fees for Low-Wage Migrant Workers

The Center for Business and Human Rights recently completed a research mission to Bangladesh and India focused on the recruitment of migrant construction workers bound for nations in the Arabian Gulf region. Early findings point to the need for companies operating in the Gulf to look at ways in which their own policies might contribute to cycles of debt entered into by many migrant workers.

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UAE Report on Worker Welfare an Important Step toward Transparency, But Raises Some Concerns

UAE Report on Worker Welfare an Important Step toward Transparency, But Raises Some Concerns

The UAE government recently released its 1st annual “Worker Welfare Report.” The report represents a positive step toward transparency but also makes it clear that there is a long way to go when it comes to issues like migrant worker recruitment. 

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When Paying More Pays Off -- The Importance of Developing a Business Case for Ethical Recruitment in the GCC

When Paying More Pays Off -- The Importance of Developing a Business Case for Ethical Recruitment in the GCC

Large companies often express their desire to improve the recruitment process to avoid some of the human rights pitfalls associated with unethical recruitment, like worker fees, bribes, and fraud. But they also know that when it comes to recruitment, ethics are not free, and the current system can pay.

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Illegal and indispensable: impressions from India on migrant recruiters

Illegal and indispensable: impressions from India on migrant recruiters

In November, David Segall traveled to India on a fact-finding mission as part of the Center's project on the recruitment of Gulf-bound migrant construction workers. He shares both the hypothesis that were confirmed as well as some surprising and important complexities.

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Swiss ruling could be game-changer for workers in Qatar – and beyond

Swiss ruling could be game-changer for workers in Qatar – and beyond

Last week, the office of Switzerland’s National Contact Point (NCP) quietly issued what may turn out to be a very important ruling. It essentially rejected FIFA’s arguments that as a not-for-profit it is exempted from OECD guidelines, and that the organization cannot directly influence standards in Qatar.

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(Still) Missing the real FIFA scandal

(Still) Missing the real FIFA scandal

While news outlets erupted over news that Swiss authorities are pursuing a criminal probe of outgoing FIFA President Joseph Blatter, FIFA also quietly announced the start date of the 2022 Qatar World Cup. It reminds us of the ongoing difficulties faced by the thousands of migrant construction workers in Qatar who are laying the infrastructure for this massive undertaking.

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Congress can fight human trafficking and forced labor

Congress can fight human trafficking and forced labor

The Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015 is the latest in a string of recent domestic legislative acts and ruling aimed at holding corporations accountable for their entire supply chains, not just their own employees or direct operations. Read more about this key piece of legislation for the global fight against human trafficking, forced labor, and the worst forms of child labor.

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