Most times, when one thinks of the progress and development that is being made with blockchain, one’s mind would likely to go to the crypto industry or some of the application of blockchain for commercial purposes. This is to be expected as blockchain has found its way into various facets of the business world and many believe that it will dominate several sectors of industry in the next few years and the cryptocurrency will become the currency of its future. However, it should be noted that blockchain is being used for a number of non-commercial and goodwill purposes from disaster relief to social good. 

A new blockchain tool has been deployed by Diginex and the United Nations-led International Organization for Migration (IOM) in order to help fight the exploitation of my migrant workers in Hong Kong.

Doing Good 

According to a December 16, 2019 press release, the new tool is called Recruitment Integrity System Self-Assessment for Ethical Recruitment (IRIS-SAFER) and is expected to be used by around 1,500 migrant worker recruitment agencies as well as agencies that are in the countries that are sending the migrant workers.

As of now, Hong Kong is home to about 390,000 migrants workers and 98 percent of this figure are women and 56 percent have been charged some sort of illegal fees by recruitment agencies. With the use of blockchain, it can be assured that records are irrefutable and well-kept as well as ensuring the integrity of the data.

“Through use of IRIS-SAFER, agencies will first learn what are global ethical recruitment standards, then be able to demonstrate their progress and, ultimately, prove their commitment. With this project, we are drawing from IOM’s global work, through the IRIS initiative, and tailoring it to the specific experience of recruiting migrant domestic workers to Hong Kong,” said IOM China chief of mission Giuseppe Crocetti. 

Besides being deployed in Hong Kong, there are plans to deploy this blockchain globally to help keep track of the movement of migrant workers from one place to another and will not only ensure a better record-keeping but will benefit the workers in terms of welfare.

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