IOM Trains Companies in Mexico for Ethical Recruitment under USMCA

26 May, 2021


The International Organization for Migration (IOM), in coordination with the Mexican Business Council for Foreign Trade (COMCE), developed two webinars to strengthen capacities on ethical recruitment and hiring within the business sector. Developed in April and May, the virtual sessions trained 72 people who hold managerial or human resources positions in Mexican companies. 


The first of the webinars, “USMCA: dignified work and labour migration. A look at interculturality in companies" was held on April 22, 2021, and 21 people participated. The second session was entitled "USMCA and the role of the private sector in preventing and combating modern slavery" and addressed in greater detail the crime of trafficking in persons. It took place on May 20, 2021 and was attended by 51 people. 


Corporate social responsibility is a topic of great interest in the context of the labour reform currently underway in Mexico, as part of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA). "This reform is based on three pillars: labour justice mechanisms, conciliation and registration bodies, and union democracy," IOM Mexico Labour Migration Specialist Virginia Negro explained during the session. 


"For COMCE it is very important to participate in activities like this one. Such webinars and seminaries, along with the training courses help sensitize companies about labour migration issues, ethical work and how to combat forced labour. It is our constant work to visibilize these issues within the business sector and help raise awareness", said Veronica Bravo, COMCE Director for North America.


This activity was organized within the framework of the IOM-COMCE Virtual Training Course on Corporate Social Responsibility, Labour Migration and Ethical Work, which will be offered during the month of June. 


IOM implements this initiative under the Western Hemisphere Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.