Issara Institute is an independent NGO (U.S. 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation) based in Southeast Asia and the United States tackling issues of human trafficking and forced labour through worker voice, partnership, and innovation. The Institute was established in 2014 by a team of anti-trafficking experts coming out of the United Nations who created an alliance of private sector, civil society, and government partners to address labour issues in global supply chains.
1 February 2022. Issara is excited to announce new grants from Target Foundation and the Walmart Foundation to support worker empowerment and transform exploitative labour systems in Asia.
These two new grants will support complementary streams of work with a common goal of building the power of jobseekers and workers across Asia, and ending the status quo of exploitation in the recruitment process. As always, we want to extend a huge thanks to all of our donors, supporters, and partners for believing in our collective work.
REPAYMENT OF LABOUR RECRUITMENT FEES
Our April 2021 report shares emerging best practice and lessons learned from Issara's experience in recruitment fees repayment in 2020-2021.
There's even a 10-point best practice checklist!
THE NEW GOLDEN DREAMS JOB MARKETPLACE HAS LAUNCHED!
Learn all about it from our new explainer video...over 2,000 job vacancies were posted by responsible Thai employers in just the first 2 weeks!
Partnership with global brands, retailers, and importers to identify and remediate labour abuses in supply chains using Inclusive Labour Monitoring (ILM).
Supporting an emerging civil society network across origin and destination countries, aiming to improve services to trafficking survivors and build worker power.
Issara connects global brands and retailers to empowered, safeguarded worker voice. We are constantly evolving all the ways that we can build more effective partnerships and technologies to identify and remediate labour abuses in supply chains that are not being detected and resolved by audits or social compliance schemes.
What has worked, and what has not - and why? How are global brands and retailers, suppliers, and recruitment agencies really responding to worker voice? What happens when you put the power of validating working conditions in the hands of workers and not just business? Why does the education and empowerment of jobseekers and workers matter? Our five-year impact report reflects on all these questions and more.
LEARN ABOUT LABOUR CONDITIONS IN GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS
What's really happening to migrant workers in the labour recruitment process in Southeast Asia? What are the real conditions of employment in Southeast Asian factories, farms, and fishing boats, as verified and validated by workers themselves?
Issara's data analysis, analytics, and reporting bring worker voices to you - from large-scale representative sample surveys to analyses of worker hotline data to exploratory research investigating emerging trends and good practice.
Issara's own program metrics and impact are also reported here on a regular basis, aiming to contribute to transparency and more open conversations about what is and isn't working in anti-trafficking, business and human rights, and modern slavery in supply chains.