Responsible Labor Initiative

Responsible Labor Initiative

Promoting the rights of workers vulnerable to forced labor globally

The Challenge

Supply chains include hundreds of thousands of workers who seek to make a better life for themselves and their families. Unfortunately, some are subject to conditions that may contribute to forced labor, including high recruitment fees, personal debt, complicated recruitment practices, a lack of transparency about their eventual working conditions, and inadequate legal protections in the countries in which they work.

Guiding principles on forced labor are well-established, however, solutions tend to be fragmented across industries and geographies and only address certain aspects or specific points in a worker’s journey. Despite the fact that multiple industries share recruitment actors and corridors, solutions are often incomplete or implemented in parallel rather than working in conjunction with one another.

The Responsible Labor Initiative

The RBA has been at the forefront of addressing forced labor through the application of advanced due diligence standards, tools and programs in the global supply chains of its members. However, we believe that in order to accelerate change, this due diligence must be harmonized across multiple industries that share recruitment supply chains to drive labor market transformation through collective action. To catalyze this, the RBA is launching the Responsible Labor Initiative (RLI), a multi-industry, multi-stakeholder initiative focused on ensuring that the rights of workers vulnerable to forced labor in global supply chains are consistently respected and promoted.

The Initiative is open to any company that supports the mission and vision of the RLI and whose primary objective in joining the initiative is the implementation of forced labor due diligence in their supply chain. Click here to join!

Our Vision

The rights and dignity of workers vulnerable to forced labor in global supply chains are consistently respected and promoted through responsible recruitment and employment practices.

Our Mission

Members, suppliers, recruitment partners and stakeholders use their collective influence and application of due diligence to drive the transformation of recruitment markets and reduce the risk of forced labor in global supply chains.

Responsible Workplace and Recruitment Programs

Through a generous grant from the Walmart Foundation, the RBA Foundation and its supporting program partner ELEVATE aim to help break the cycle of exploitation common in foreign migrant worker recruitment and employment experiences in the region by transforming the market for ethical business practices and including workers themselves in developing solutions to persistent challenges. Learn more about the Responsible Workplace and Recruitment Programs supported by this grant on our RBA Foundation page.

Learn More About RLI

Contact Bob Mitchell for more information.