Ethical Recruitment

International Recruitment Integrity System (IRIS)

International Recruitment Integrity System (IRIS)

IRIS is a social compliance scheme designed to promote ethical international recruitment. It was created by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in collaboration with a consortium of partners, including SAI. IRIS works by defining and setting a benchmark for ethical recruitment (the IRIS Standard), and through establishing a voluntary certification scheme for ethical labor recruiters, and a compliance and monitoring mechanism.

The goal of IRIS is to transform the international recruitment industry to make it fair for workers,
iters, and employers. It does this by:

  • Promoting the Employer Pays Principle,
  • Promoting greater transparency within international recruitment, and
  • Promoting the rights of migrant workers.

As a global leader in evaluating and accrediting social accountability auditing organizations, SAI's subsidiary SAAS is working with the IOM to develop and implement the monitoring scheme for IRIS certification.

Visit the IRIS website to learn more about the Standard and see latest news from the consortium.

Recruiters: Visit the IRIS Certification Portal to learn more about the certification process and find out how you can get started. 

IRIS Online Training

An online training course, Introduction to the International Recruitment Integrity System (IRIS), is now publicly available on the IOM's e-Campus Training Platform. 

The course takes approximately one hour to complete and provides a general overview of ethical recruitment, the IRIS Standard, and the certification process. While it was designed primarily for labor recruiters, the course is relevant for anyone seeking more information on ethical recruitment and IRIS. 

Currently, the course is only available in English. 


Best Practice Guidance on Ethical Recruitment of Migrant Workers
This publication highlights steps that leading companies have taken that serve as examples for other companies looking to implement ethical recruitment policies, and drive change at the recruitment-agency level.


May 2017 | Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, SAI