March 12, 2021
William Gois, Regional Director
Migrant Forum in Asia
25 Matiyaga Street
Central District, Diliman, Quezon City 1100
Philippines
Dear William,
We, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), are a coalition of long-term
institutional investors representing $2 trillion USD in assets under management. Since its founding in
1971, ICCR members have promoted human rights throughout companies’ operations and supply
chains. Through active engagement of portfolio companies, ICCR has held companies accountable to
a full range of international human rights standards for supply chain workers including freedom of
association and collective bargaining, nondiscrimination, prohibitions on forced and child labor, and
promotion of a living wage. ICCR members press companies to show leadership in rooting out
exploitation in supply chains, including the elimination of wage theft and the protection of workers’
rights through adopting worker-driven social responsibility programs and comprehensive human
rights due diligence processes.
ICCR is proud to formally endorse the Migrant Forum in Asia’s (MFA) Call for an Urgent Justice
Mechanism for Repatriated Migrant Workers. It is important to note that “the COVID-19 pandemic has
severely impacted millions of migrant workers in destination countries, many of whom have
experienced job loss or non-payment of wages, been forced by employers to take unpaid leave or
reduced wages, been confined in poor living conditions, and with little or no engagement in the work
options before them.”1 The March 2021 report, “Wage theft and pandemic profits: The Right To a
Living Wage for Garment Workers,” 2 from the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
documents the pervasiveness of wage theft in a number of producing countries. The report provides
specific case studies of the devastating impact of wage theft on workers.
As numerous retailers and manufacturers in all sectors have avoided liability for systemic abuse in the
past which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, we support the call for an urgent justice
mechanism that includes the establishment of an International Claims Commissions, a compensation
fund, and reforming of national justice systems to enable legal remedies for those impacted by wage
theft.
The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility urges companies to implement human rights due
diligence in their supply chains during and following the COVID-19 crisis. We call on companies and
investors to support MFA’s Justice for Wage Theft campaign. Thank you.
Sincerely,

Rev. David Schilling
Senior Program Director
dschilling@iccr.org

1

See Justice for Wage Theft 1st Appeal.

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