About the Staff Wanted Initiative

The Staff Wanted Initiative is managed in partnership by Anti-Slavery International and The Institute for Human Rights and Business.

The Staff Wanted Initiative is a collaboration between Anti-Slavery International and the Institute for Human Rights and Business to prevent the exploitation of hotel staff in UK hotels. The initiative works to raise awareness of the risks to hotels particularly in the recruitment of workers or through the use of agencies to supply staff. It offers clear simple guidelines to hotels for how these challenges can be effectively managed.

Anti-Slavery International is the only British charity exclusively committed to eliminating all forms of slavery and slavery like practices. It is also the world’s oldest international human rights organisation and works closely with partner organisations from around the world, on the following issues:

  • Descent based slavery
  • Bonded labour (also known as debt bondage)
  • Forced labour
  • The worst forms of child labour
  • Human trafficking
  • Servile marriage, including child and forced marriage.
  • The exploitation of migrant workers in conditions amounting to slavery (particularly migrant domestic workers).

Anti-Slavery undertakes research about these human rights abuses, bringing them to the attention of the public and promoting public action to end them; we work in coalitions and across sectors to identify ways in which abuses can be brought to an end, and we work to influence policymakers, governments or other institutions at national and international levels to take action accordingly. A key aspect of our approach is to support victims of slavery and similar practices in their struggle for freedom, in particular by working with, and building the capacity of, local partner organisations to effectively tackle these abuses in their own countries.

The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) is dedicated to being a global centre of excellence and expertise on the relationship between business and internationally proclaimed human rights standards.

We provide a trusted, impartial space for dialogue and independent analysis to deepen understanding of human rights challenges and issues and the appropriate role of business.

We seek to address problems where the law may be unclear, where accountability and responsibility may not be well-defined, and where legitimate dispute settlement mechanisms may be non-existent or poorly-administered.

The Institute works to raise corporate standards and strengthen public policy to ensure that the activities of companies do not contribute to human rights abuses, and in fact lead to positive outcomes.

The Staff Wanted Initiative is funded by Trusts for London

Previous funder Joseph Rowntree Foundation