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The Staff Wanted Initiative

Combating Forced Labour, Trafficking and Exploitation in the UK Hospitality Industry

The Staff Wanted Initiative is a project being developed jointly by Anti-Slavery International and The Institute for Human Rights and Business to raise awareness within the UK hospitality industry of the steps needed to combat the exploitation of vulnerable workers, trafficking and forced labour.

The project seeks to improve the recruitment and employment of staff in the UK hospitality industry by working with business partners and other stakeholders to help identify practices that can allow exploitation of workers in the sector, and as a consequence, reputational and legal risk for business, and to advocate for improved practice and risk mitigation.

The project’s focus will initially concentrate on the London hotel industry around the 2012 Olympics, but will provide guidelines and tools for business that can be taken to scale.

Working with the hospitality industry and other stakeholders

The Staff Wanted Initiative seeks to engage and collaborate at all levels of the hospitality industry, making a robust business case as to why taking steps to combat forced labour and trafficking is essential to managing business risk and reputation as well as protecting human dignity.

This multi-stakeholder engagement includes working with individual hotels and larger chains, trade bodies, recruitment agencies, service agencies, trade unions, The Metropolitan Police, and wider civil society.

The SEE Formula: Scrutinise – Engage – Ensure

The SEE Formula is a set of simple guidelines for addressing the challenges confronting the hospitality sector.

The SEE Formula
  1. Raises awareness of key issues of worker exploitation within the sector.
  2. Offers a lens to view the activities and pricing structures of those agencies providing labour and other services to the hospitality industry.
  3. Provides simple checks for hotel managers and supervisors to prevent exploitative practices.

Guidance and resources for businesses:


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Staff Wanted InitiativeWe're working with business partners to improve the recruitment and employment of staff in the UK hospitality industry ©Pete Pattisson /