NEWS: Responsible Recruitment Toolkit (RRT) publishes independent impact assessment findings

The Responsible Recruitment Toolkit (RRT) has today published the findings of an independent impact assessment undertaken in late 2021. The assessment was carried out to assess the impact of the Responsible Recruitment Toolkit Sponsor Programme. Through the programme, suppliers and labour providers/recruiters in Sponsors’ supply chains benefit from an online tool, training and practical resources to implement and demonstrate responsible recruitment practices.

The assessment was conducted by an independent consultant using the OECD DAC Evaluation framework and the key findings will provide an evidence base to guide future programme development.

Key findings for the RRT Sponsor programme include:

  • The primary motivator for engaging with the programme was to gain deeper understanding of how to implement responsible recruitment. Secondary motivations include: encouragement from peers and enhancing business reputation.  
  • 94% of respondents either strongly agreed or agreed that the programme has increased their understanding of how to achieve responsible recruitment
  • 98% of training participants agreed or strongly agreed that they felt confident in taking relevant next steps on responsible recruitment
  • 88% of respondents agreed that engagement with RRT helped them to implement responsible recruitment
  • Survey respondents report the main benefits to be:
    • Increased awareness across their workforce
    • Support to ensure compliance
    • Support with managing risks in the supply chain
    • Support on meeting UK/global market requirement
  • As a result of engaging in the programme:
    • 60% of labour providers have implemented an action plan to address existing gaps within their business
    • 46% have completed the self-assessment on the RRT online tool to establish a baseline and identify improvement opportunities and a further 40% have started it
    • 44% of survey respondents stated that they have developed stronger relationships with customers

RRT will be taking forward the findings and recommendations from the impact assessment, in particular to explore conducting focussed research directly with workers to provide bottom-up validation of the findings.

The independent impact assessment of the RRT Sponsor Programme was undertaken in parallel with an assessment of the Stronger Together UK Consumer Goods Programme – a sister organisation to RRT.

The RRT summary report is available to download from the resource library when logged into the RRT website.

About RRT:

RRT is a not-for-profit, global programme whose mission is to drive ethical and professional recruitment and labour supply that’s good for workers, recruiters and clients. RRT offers an unparalleled toolkit to help businesses achieve and be recognised for responsible recruitment including a groundbreaking online capacity building and self-assessment tool, interactive online training, events and collaborative sector forums, independent labour provider certification and expert consultancy.