IRIS Code of Conduct

IRIS Code of Conduct

12 July 2017

The International Recruitment Integrity System (IRIS) has developed a Code of Conduct as part of its efforts to eliminate unethical recruitment.  IRIS seeks to promote transparency in the recruitment industry and reduce the exploitation of migrant workers.  IRIS is a voluntary certification process for employment intermediaries developed by a coalition of the IOM and like-minded stakeholders. Its website notes: "Unethical recruitment is a global problem requiring a global solution.In today’s global labour market, intermediaries play an important role in matching workers with jobs and ensuring the continued prosperity of businesses and families.  But when unscrupulous intermediaries exploit job seekers the negative outcomes impact everyone".

The IRIS code of conduct has seven principles:

  • Core Principle A: Respect for Laws, and Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

  • Core Principle B: Respect for Ethical and Professional Conduct

  • Principle 1: Prohibition of Recruitment Fees to Jobseekers

  • Principle 2: Respect for Freedom of Movement

  • Principle 3: Respect for Transparency of Terms and Conditions of Employment

  • Principle 4: Respect for Confidentiality and Data Protection

  • Principle 5: Respect for Access to Remedy

The principles have been developed from the ILO labour standards, the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, and industry good practices. For the more information the recent IRIS newsletter can be accessed here.