The Danish Centre against Human Trafficking has developed ‘Avoid Hidden Forced Labour – Guidelines for businesses and employers’. The guidelines are an awareness and risk management tool developed in dialogue with relevant actors.
The guidelines include, among others, checklists and tools which can help a business with the following:
1. To investigate if the business is at risk of human trafficking for forced labour in its supply chain. 2. To prevent and reduce the risk of forced labour in the business and supply chain.
The guidelines include checklists, which detail a range of recommendations companies can implement to reduce the risk of hidden forced labour. The lists may be regarded as general recommendations for actions to reduce the risk of forced labour. The extent to which the individual items are relevant will largely depend upon the size of the company and sector in question.
Checklist A: The list concerns general company practice regarding trafficking for forced labour.
Checklist B: The list concerns the recruitment and the management of employees.
Checklist C: The list concerns the use of (sub)contractors. Why introduce guidelines?
In recent years several Danish business sectors have faced a number of new challenges in connection with the use of foreign labour and supply chains. This has resulted in cases regarding poor working conditions and, in worst incidents, trafficking for forced labour. Industries where many unskilled and relatively low-wage foreigners are employed are particularly at risk, such as cleaning, agriculture and horticulture, construction, transportation and distribution as well as hotels and restaurants. In these sectors it can be difficult for companies to have full overview of working conditions for all employees, especially if subcontractors are used or if work is performed in remote areas or at odd hours. As a consequence, companies may risk being unintentionally associated with human trafficking for forced labour.