Principle 3

Build Trust With Workers

Ensure informed consent for workers

  • Follow existing legal frameworks
  • Communicate context for the engagement, including methodology and scope
  • Provide voluntary participation channels

Protect anonymity of workers

  • Confirm anonymity, security, and confidentiality without risk of reproach or punishment
  • Ensure the collection of, need for, and access to personally identifiable information is clearly
    defined to minimize risk

Earn trust over time

  • Ensure worker safety and well-being comes before other interests
  • Communicate to workers how data will be used and where it will be shared
  • Share results and learnings in a transparent and timely manner with all participating parties


Endorse the WEST Principles

With the launch of the WEST Principles, we are excited to invite you to review and endorse the eight principles.

Tackling Forced Labor & Human Trafficking

June 26 – 27, Innovation Forum will be hosting a conference designed for companies to understand how to identify and mitigate risks of forced labor.

An Agreed-Upon Approach

By establishing an agreed upon approach, the WEST Principles aim to maximize the impact of technology-driven efforts to engage workers in global supply chains and ensure they can work with dignity and free from abuse. Initiated by a group of technology providers, the Principles seek to engage stakeholders at all levels of the global supply chain, including workers, worker organizations, the private sector, and governments, to collectively develop a roadmap to operationalize their use.