Migrant workers can be found in most sectors in Iran, but they are heavily employed in construction (buildings, well digging, roads and other infrastructure) and are also often found in bricklaying, agriculture/livestock, mining, urban waste disposal, gardening, and business and residential cleaning services.
For child labourers, high-risk sectors include carpet and rug weaving, waste disposal, textile work, mining, brickmaking, masonry, construction, chemical production and domestic work.
Many of the sectors targeted for foreign investment in Iran are ones that involve a significant construction component, such as infrastructure (airports, rails and power generation), water and waste management systems, auto manufacturing (plant upgrades), mining and tourism (hotel construction). The construction industry’s heavy reliance on migrant labour means companies active in these sectors will face an increased risk of worker exploitation.
Good practices around the world show business can address these challenges. Companies can take these first steps:
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