That’s why we’re contributing around the world to prevent the exploitation of migrant workers and their families in tobacco farming and help them integrate into society.
Migrant workers are particularly vulnerable, often due to exploitation in recruitment and hiring. They face a host of risks that vary between countries and communities. Risks range from unscrupulous crew leaders or labor contractors to problematic compensation models, such as end of season payments. They can also fall victim to forced labor and human trafficking.
In addition to prioritizing specific interventions and the ongoing work under our Agricultural Labor Practices (ALP) Program, we are committed to understanding these risks and addressing the needs of migrant communities throughout our value chain. This is why we build partnerships with international organizations to address this issue.
Europe is facing a movement of peoples unprecedented in recent history.
We're partnering with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to provide assistance to the most vulnerable migrants and reduce exploitation and other forms of human-rights abuses in Italy's agricultural sector. Our collaboration addresses immediate material needs, supports better access to social services, and provides legal and social counseling.
We also provided emergency support to IOM in Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to build winterproof facilities for migrants at all stages of their journey.
Discover how PMI is fighting against human trafficking and modern day slavery. Read more about the Mekong Club agreement.
We support programs that promote employment and income-generating activities for socially vulnerable individuals and communities.