IOM’s CREST Programme

The IOM Corporate Responsibility in Eliminating Slavery and Trafficking (CREST) is a regional partnership initiative working with private and public sector actors to realize their potential to uphold human and labour rights of migrant workers in business operations and supply chains.

The challenge

Globally, there are more than 40 million victims of modern slavery, found in almost all economic sectors and often hidden in plain sight. According to estimates by Walk Free Foundation, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and IOM, 24.9 million people were in forced labour.



Why are Migrant Workers more Vulnerable?


Migrant workers can be exposed to vulnerabilities linked to unethical recruitment practices such as charging of excessive fees, documents retention, social and cultural isolation upon arrival due to language and cultural differences, lack of advance and accurate information on terms and conditions of employment, restrictions on freedom of movement and association, and difficulties in accessing anonymous and effective grievance mechanisms.



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IOM CREST works towards the protection of migrant workers, including increased access to ethical recruitment channels, eradication of fees charged to migrant job seekers, transparent employment terms and conditions, integrated support services, and effective remedy.
CREST is currently being implemented in six countries: Bangladesh; Hong Kong SAR, China; Malaysia; the Philippines; Thailand, and Viet Nam.


What we do

Together with cross-sectoral partners, IOM CREST is building a stronger commitment from businesses and creating smart partnerships with and among the private sector to maximize the impact of collective action in eliminating modern slavery, particularly in relation to migrant workers.

More about CREST’s Operational Framework click this link

Want more information?

Visit CREST website for more details:

For information on CREST activities in Viet Nam, please contact:
Ms. Huong Nguyen
Senior Project Assistant, IOM Viet Nam
Email: or

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