FTA and IOM Join Forces to Protect Migrant Workers

In 2017, FTA announced a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The agreement is one based on collaborating to protect vulnerable workers throughout global supply chains.

FTA and IOM view the responsible recruitment of workers as key to combatting human trafficking and the exploitation of workers. We will therefore work together, sharing expertise, data and our strategic networks, to help contribute to ending the exploitation of workers, particularly those most vulnerable to forms of abuse, such as migrants.

When the MoU was signed, Eugenio Ambrosi, IOM Regional Director for the EU, Norway and Switzerland, said: “IOM recognizes the critical role that private sector employers and brands play in migration management and safeguarding the rights of migrant workers.”

“We believe this new partnership between IOM and FTA will bolster joint efforts to improve conditions for migrant workers and provide strong public-private leadership in promoting sustainable supply chains.”

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About IOM

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. With 166 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.