Revised Code of Conduct to promote ethical recruitment of migrant workers
Cập nhật: 15/05/2018 02:35
The Code and its monitoring tools will help recruitment agencies to measure their compliance with national and international laws and best practices and aim to reduce fees charged to migrant workers. By making the costs transparent in advertisements, contracts and pre-departure training, the risk of exploitation of migrant workers should be reduced.
The Viet Nam Association of
Manpower and Supply (VAMAS) has published an updated Code of Conduct for the
recruitment of workers for overseas jobs to improve ethical recruitment and
better protect migrant workers
The Code and its monitoring tools
were launched with support from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and
the International Organization of Migration (IOM) in Hanoi today.
The 2018 Code, which follows an
initial 2010 version, and the accompanying monitoring tools are expected to
increase transparency in the ranking of recruitment agencies and address
challenges often faced by migrant workers, particularly domestic workers.
New standards included in the Code
focus on reducing fees charged to migrant workers by making costs known to
potential migrants through advertisements, in employment and placement
contracts and sharing cost information during pre-departure training.
“The language in the Code has been
strengthened towards a rights-based approach,” said VAMAS Chairman Nguyen Luong
Trao. “The new Code better reflects international standards on
non-discrimination and standards enshrined in the ILO’s Convention 189 on
Along with key assessors from
within VAMAS, the monitoring and evaluation process of the Code will include
participation by migrant workers, along with the Viet Nam General Confederation
of Labour and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs’ Gender
Sources of information for
assessing compliance with the new Code will include self-assessment by
participating recruitment agencies, document review, monitoring visits and
triangulation with the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee charged with
assessing agency compliance with the Code.
“The development of industry-based
codes of conduct and monitoring tools is an important means through which to
improve business practices and encourages sharing of reliable information with
potential migrant workers and improved support in destination workplaces,” said
ILO Viet Nam Director Chang-Hee Lee. “The effective operation of recruitment
agencies is crucial in protecting migrant workers from abuse.”
“Migrant workers are an important
part of today’s global workforce and global supply chains,” said David Knight,
IOM Chief of Mission for Viet Nam. “Migration must be managed in a way that
ensures all migrant workers enjoy access to safe migration, so that their
migration is able to contribute to the development of their communities and
The 2018 Code of Conduct was
developed as a part of the ongoing partnership between VAMAS and the ILO, and
its monitoring tools were developed within the framework of ILO’s TRIANGLE in
ASEAN programme and IOM’s CREST programme.
The ILO’s TRIANGLE in ASEAN
programme is supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
and Global Affairs Canada. TRIANGLE in ASEAN delivers technical assistance and
support with the overall goal of maximizing the contribution of labour
migration to equitable, inclusive and stable growth in the ASEAN region.
IOM’s CREST is a regional
partnership initiative, supported by the Embassy of Sweden in Thailand, that
aims to realize the potential of business to uphold labour and human rights of
migrant workers in their operations and supply chains.
The Revised Code of Conduct is available at the Homepage of the
Website www.vamas.com.vn (English