The group is committed to enhancing its social compliance policies in line with international benchmarks, Hartalega CEO Kuan Mun Leong said in a statement today.
"The issue of recruitment fees paid to third parties by migrant workers is a complex issue, requiring multi-stakeholder involvement to reach a solution as it is a shared responsibility.
"Over the past year, we have been engaging with multiple stakeholders to find a solution. Towards the later part of 2019, we made the decision to remediate migrant workers who joined us prior to our zero recruitment cost policy," he said.
He added that a third-party non-profit organisation with a proven track record was hired to conduct interviews with affected workers, which were concluded in June 2020.
The group aims to begin remediation by the fourth quarter of 2020 to be completed over a period of up to 24 months. It said it is working with another external independent party to review the remediation plan.
"The wellbeing of all our people has always been of utmost priority to Hartalega regardless of nationality of background. We are dedicated to ensuring that we continue to progress in our social compliance journey, to safeguard the welfare of our employees," said Kuan.
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