Human Rights Day: An Ethical Recruitment Focus
On the 10th December every year, the world celebrates and supports Human Rights Day; the National Awareness day sparks VHR’s discussion on Ethical Recruitment.
What is Human Rights Day?
Human Rights Day commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Around the world, communities, businesses and world-leaders unite over the issues facing fundamental human rights which were established 70 years ago.
This year, Human Rights Day kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The proclamation outlines the undeniable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being regardless of colour, sex, language, political or other opinion, religion, race, property, birth or any other status.
VHR’s Ethical Recruitment guidelines on how to identify unethical treatment is relevant to the ongoing issues raised on every Human Rights Day.
The Ethical Recruitment issue:
Ethical Recruitment ensures that workers are provided with accurate working conditions that do not violate their human rights. More accurately, The World Employment Confederation define ethical recruitment practices as complying with all relevant legislation.
Legislation covering ethical recruitment spans from respecting health and safety, non-discriminatory actions, worker’s right, fair competition, confidentiality and quality of service.
The benefits of recruiting migrant workers are massive for both the individuals and the businesses. For example, it’s can be more cost-effective labour aimed at specific skill-sets, workers have the chance to experience new cultures as well as build lives for themselves and their families.
However, there are now several trends that enable companies to unethically recruit which raises the issues faced on Human Rights Day.
How can your business practice Ethical Recruitment?
What do Ethical Recruitment companies do to ensure legal practices and how can you ensure your business is adopting a human rights protocol?
Ethical recruitment companies will not charge candidates a fee.
Most ethical recruitment companies will offer a transparent process which allows visibility in to everything they do.
Great ethical recruitment companies will practice excellent communication between both you and their candidates.
Build a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Strategy that is unique to your company and employee needs.
Survey your workers an anonymous survey to ask them questions about your company – understand the way your agency truly operates.
Case studies and testimonials from candidates and clients provide the first-hand feedback from real people who have engaged your recruitment agency.
In addition to ensuring the best possible care of all workers, which has a proven impact on worker efficiency, quality and retention, businesses with unethical recruitment practices face £multi-million fines and possible prosecution under UK and US anti-slavery and US laws.
Find out more about how to spot an ethical recruitment company and keep up to date with the latest news at VHR.
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