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Asian Business Leaders Considering Tech Solutions to Fight Abuse of Migrant Workers

14 September 2017

Recommendations to protect migrant workers from abuse and slavery were made by Asia’s business leaders at the Bali Process, a forum of 45 Indo-Pacific countries meeting on the topic. Chief among the solutions being recommended included various communication technologies.

Meeting in Perth, Australia, the group agreed to submit ideas to their respective governments next year outlining how to better protect this population through technology.

Among the recommendations, business leaders discussed the creation of a website where employment recruiters could be subject to a rating system, which already exists in Vietnam. Another possible solution explored included creating a regional hotline, such as the one used by Adidas in China, where workers anonymously report abuse.

Concentrating on improving supply chain transparency, members believe “…that businesses are not just responsible for what happens in their business, but also who they buy from," according to Andrew Goledzinowski, Australia's ambassador for people smuggling and human trafficking.

To contact the author of this article, email marie.donlon@ieeeglobalspec.com


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