We propose the C.A.R.E. Program

The C.A.R.E. program is a modified version of the U.S. State Department’s 3P Program, which was designed to discourage the abuse of domestic workers brought to the U.S. by foreign diplomats. 

Diplomats and finance executives are very similar:

Foreign Diplomats

Finance Executives

Elites from privileged, high-education backgrounds

Feel of higher social status than domestic workers

Feel immune from repercussions for their abuse

Victims are brought from abroad and have minimal recourse

Propensity for contract violations and abuse

Anti-abuse program proven to be successful

Worked for diplomats. It will work for executives!

C.A.R.E.

C

Contact: Expert meets with the worker to reimburse illegal fees (if any) and to exchange contact information in the case of abuse or contract violations.

A

Anti-trafficking Education: Training provided to the executive, especially with regard to manufacturing supply chains and domestic workers.

R

Resolve: The expert provides confidential dispute resolution services for the benefit of both parties, not just the domestic worker. 

E

Exit: When employment ends, the expert meets with the worker to confirm that separation terms are fully compliant with the law and contract.

THE RESULTS 

  • The industry lives up to its ESG representations
  • Self-policing directed by the industry, not outside activists
  • Low cost with minimal intrusion into the executive’s personal life
  • Illegal fees are reimbursed and other abuses discouraged
  • Administration is outsourced to experts, not to the HR department
  • Executives can show they are not linked to any trafficking felonies

The C.A.R.E.

Anti-Trafficking

Seal of Approval

Many executives WANT to demonstrate that they are not party to these crimes and abuse 

The Domestic Workers Justice Initiative proposed certification program gives participating firms a recognized “Seal of Approval.”

Key elements of the proposed certification program: 

Organizational Structure: A single Foundation created by industry leaders administers the program in Hong Kong and Singapore. 

Organizational Control: The Foundation is controlled by a board appointed by industry leaders, not outsiders. The board sets policies and hires management.

Firm operational involvement: Other than board control, the Foundation operates independently of any participating firm. Firms do not become involved in administration, abuse cases, or contract disputes.   

Mandatory for firms: If a firm elects to contractually obligate itself to its clients to join this program, then by its own agreement it becomes mandatory for that firm. 

Mandatory for executives: As a condition of joining the foundation, and to earn the “seal of approval”, ALL executives at the joining firm must be required to participate. This becomes a provision of all employment contracts. It is not a voluntary program.

Published protocols and audit: To ensure transparency and credibility, protocols are published and performance is audited.

Confidentiality/Liability: All interactions are confidential. There is minimal liability associated with a program like this. The awards made involving domestic workers are trivial. 

Program cost: We estimate the total industry cost at US $2.5mm per year, or about US $50K for each of the 50 firms we hope will participate. 

Protection Protocol for Domestic Workers

U.S. State Department 3P Program

To reduce the abuse of domestic workers brought to the U.S. by foreign diplomats, the State Department implemented the 3P Program which includes the following:

  • Prevention: The worker meets with the host country expert to understand their rights and to exchange contact information in cases of abuse. The employer is trained on the appropriate treatment of domestic workers. 
  • Protection: The expert provides alternative dispute resolution mechanisms when problems arise and may encourage compensation to the worker if appropriate. 
  • Prosecution: Referring allegations of exploitation to law enforcement for investigation. Note: DWJI believes that most abuse cases would be resolved without escalation if conciliatory methods were introduced early in the mediation process.

This program is mandatory and has been highly effective at discouraging abuse at little cost and with minimal intrusion into anyone’s personal life. 

Diplomats and finance executives are similar in that they are highly educated elites that consider themselves to be of higher social status than domestic workers and believe they are largely immune from repercussions for any abuse.

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