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Bangladeshi Migrant Workers in the Apparel Sector: Responsible Recruitment, Responsible Return

Date and time

2011.06.28 to 2011.06.29, all-day


On 28-29 June 2011, the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) and the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit, Dhaka University (RMMRU) convened a roundtable in Dhaka to explore the responsibilities of companies and governments in raising standards of migrant worker protection in supply chains. The meeting was the third in a series of roundtables convened by IHRB, on this subject, bringing together in a key sending country apparel brands, suppliers, recruitment agents, government and civil society to discuss options for collective and sustainable approaches to strengthening migrant worker protection during the recruitment phase in Bangladesh, as well as responsibilities of companies to ensure safe return of workers, including in times of crisis. The meetings was held under the Chatham House Rule. This report summary key points raised during the roundtable. Organizations mentioned in the report have granted their permission to be cited. The participations were from government bodies, civil society organizations, recruitment industry, apparel industry



roundtalbe discussion about migrant workers challenges

Economic sectors

General relevance - all sectors

Content types

Policy analysis and Support initiatives

Target groups

(Im)migrants workers, Policymakers, Journalists, Public awareness, Employers, agencies and their representatives, Researchers, Unions, and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Geographical focuses