In 2018 (following a 2017 pilot), the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre surveyed 17 international hotel companies on their approach to safeguarding the rights of migrant workers in Qatar & the UAE. Our research found a stark contrast between hotel chains' public commitments on human rights and how these are enforced in Qatar and the UAE.
In 2021, the Resource Centre again surveyed international hotel brands on their approach to migrant workers’ rights ahead of the Qatar World Cup, including on conducting adequate human rights due diligence and engaging with business partners – property owners, franchisees and suppliers – to do the same. The survey also asked brands about their response to the COVID-19 pandemic to understand how they safeguarded workers’ rights in the crisis. Following publication of the report, non-responding company Millennium & Copthorne Hotels submitted a response to the survey on 30 September 2021.
In July 2022, we will publish a follow-up survey to look at how brands are responding to the risk of exploitative recruitment of workers into their hotel operations.
This database allows users to explore and compare companies' reported action in key risk areas, including recruitment, payment of wages and freedom of association, and to find out which companies failed to respond.
For further information on our Gulf work, see here.
The effect of BHRRC Project: Gulf hotels survey
BHRRC Project: Gulf hotels survey has been referenced in news articles and reports on our website.
Checked Out: Migrant worker abuse in Qatar's World Cup luxury hotels
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Inhospitable: How hotels in Qatar & the UAE are failing migrant workers
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