"The electronics manufacturer HP has announced a series of landmark policy changes on labor practices throughout its global supply chains, becoming the first U.S. information technology company to halt the common use of recruitment agencies for hiring foreign migrant workers among its suppliers.
Recruitment agencies, which often hire poor workers in one country for employment in another, have for years been criticized for a range of practices that can facilitate forced labor and slavery. Advocates thus see requiring the direct employment of migrant workers by suppliers of multinational corporations as a key opportunity to crack down on bonded labor and other rights abuses in the international economy.
“Workers who are employed by labor agents are more at risk of forced labor than those employed directly,” Dan Viederman, the head of Verité, a Massachusetts-based NGO that worked with HP to develop the new recruitment policies, said in a statement.
maybe all governmental and big contractors should put the same obligation in their contracts