In recent years, there have been many reports of workers in supply chains being abused, exploited and even trafficked. Therefore, the expectation that businesses should carry out due diligence to address adverse impacts has grown considerably.
As outlined in the United Nations’ Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, businesses not only have a responsibility to prevent human rights abuses, but also to provide remedies to victims where harm has occurred.
While meaningful progress has been made to prevent human rights abuses through greater due diligence, up to now there has been limited guidance and knowledge of best practices to help businesses remediate adverse human rights impacts when they do occur.
In this context, IOM has developed a set of practical guidelines for downstream companies and their business partners to ensure that victims of exploitation are adequately protected and assisted. These guidelines go beyond due diligence; they provide concrete guidance to companies on how to take incidents forward when victims have been identified in the supply chain.