About Us

Japan Platform for Migrant Workers towards Responsible and Inclusive Society

Background

As of January 2020, there were appx. 1.66 million foreign workers (reported by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, as of October 2019), including estimated 380,000 technical intern trainees, and the number of offices which employ foreign workers is reported as around 240,000. As foreign workers are important members of Japanese economy and society, we will be able to move forward to a multicultural society by achieving their decent work. With the growing international awareness of the concept of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and “Business and Human Rights”, Japan has been criticized for its problems related to forced labor, discrimination and harassment against foreign residents working in Japan. This may affect the business, employers and host organizations in terms of securing the number of foreign workers, ESG investments and branding.

Purpose

Towards the year of 2030 (the target year of SDGs), companies and organizations that support and comply with our “Code of Conduct” will accept foreign workers constantly and responsibly, meeting legal compliance requirements to improve their working and living conditions. Through this entire process, we aim to create a sustainable society, making Japan a trusted destination for workers around the world.

Main activities

We raise awareness through discussions, surveys, various seminars and forums around the following themes.

(1) Providing correct information to foreign workers
(2) Understanding the problems faced by foreign workers
(3) Collaborating with government agencies to resolve issues
(4) Public relations / awareness campaigns, policy proposals
(5) Sharing case studies of securing the number of foreign workers

Our structure

Our operating structure is based on the cooperation of the private sector (corporations, industry groups, economic groups, etc.) and the public sector (related ministries, related organizations, international organizations, etc.).

We carry out activities under the consultation of advisory groups (corporations, civil society, labor unions, lawyers, etc.).

 

Secretariat: (general incorporated association) The Global Alliance for Sustainable Supply Chain (ASSC)
(independent administrative institution) Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)


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