Who we are
An NGO experimenting in the field and sharing its expertise
Preventing the risks of child labour, forced labour and, more broadly, indecent work in supply chains: this is the mission of Human Resources Without Borders (RHSF). To achieve this, the NGO RHSF :
- Experiments with pilot prevention solutions with stakeholders,
- Shares its expertise with all those working for decent work throughout the supply chains (companies, public actors, consumer organisations, trade unions, etc.).
RHSF’s commitment is based on three convictions:
There is no need to exploit the misery of others in order to live well: the history of the developed countries bears witness to this. Similarly, the globalized economy can and must eradicate forced and child labour.
For practices to evolve, we need to understand and recognize the legitimate expectations of everyone, from the ordering company to the worker at the other end of the world.
Everyone, at their own level, can make a contribution.
Two international prizes awarded by the academic community (Best case of Atlas-AFMI 2015 International Management Case) and by companies (Business Innovation Trophy for Purchasing 2016)
Recognition by the appointment of RHSF’s founder, Martine Combemale, to the rank of Knight of the Légion d’honneur on 14 July 2019.
The RHSF Community
Martine Combemale founded Human Resources Without Borders in 2006. Martine was appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 2019 by the French government. She provides her extensive expertise in Child Labour and Forced Labour to several international projects. She’s the prime RHSF’s Ambassador. She has more than 20 years of experience in forced labour and child labour risk assessment in supply chains, as well as in the development of action plans involving all relevant stakeholders. Her professional experience extends across Africa, Asia, Latin America and all parts of Europe. She is the co-author of "Que Sais-Je?“
Magali CroeseGeneral Management and Experimentation Division
Magali Croese oversees RHSF’s international action and development in parallel to her expert contribution in the areas of Responsible HR Management and risk of Labour Abuses. With more than 15 years working for Multi-National Corporations in Human Resources Management and Supply Chain, Magali has a particular mastery of the issues associated with working conditions in Asia-Pacific, where she has been established for several years.
Aziz AhammoutResearch Division
Aziz Ahammout manages RHSF’s Research Division: he performs a continuous watch on the laws and realities of forced and abusive child labour around the world and designs the prevention tools made available by RHSF. His HR background and his extensive exposure to various cultures are instrumental to maintain and develop our resource center dedicated to the prevention of abusive child labour and forced labour.
Estelle EeckemanTraining and Raising Awareness Division
Estelle Eeckeman manages RHSF's Training and Awareness Raising Division: she leads the construction and dissemination of awareness raising projects and tools, and manages the development of RHSF's training courses. Her experience as a jurist and project manager in the social sector, as well as her deep understanding of human rights abuses, are key to support RHSF's core of actions.
Hui ChenServices Activities
Hui Chen manages the service activities that rely on RHSF expertise: personalised training, risk analysis, project management support. She contributed to one of RHSF's most famous projects, awarded in 2015 and 2016: a 2-year immersive experience in a Chinese factory to reduce excessive overtime through more responsible HR management practices. With 8 years of expertise in human resources management and social risk assessment, Hui supports subcontractors and suppliers in their efforts to improve working conditions.
Sabrina BossonExperts Network
Sabrina Bosson worked for 12 years for the Fair Labor Association, an organisation dedicated to improving working conditions in global supply chains. She led the agriculture programme and worked closely with companies of all sizes on identifying risks and finding solutions to human rights at work issues in their sourcing of raw materials.
Corinne AdamExperts Network
Corinne Adam is a consultant working with multinational companies to develop their social responsibility/sustainability strategies and implement them in their supply chain. Corinne has an in-depth knowledge of standards, international labor conventions and global supply chains. Her clients are mainly North American and European companies and their suppliers based in Latin America and Asia. Corinne works from Quebec, where she has been established since 2006.
The RHSF movement is also a diversity of organisations and individuals committed to decent work in subcontracting chains.
Local partners and RHSF Business Club
To ensure relevant, efficient and sustainable projects, RHSF places cooperation with committed actors at the heart of its action. Discover our partners.
Among these citizens and professionals, RHSF have the reliable support of volunteer members whose help, skills and time are extremely valuable.
Web developer, musician, video maker
Communication consultant and translator
Patronage Consultant - Vision Philanthropie
What do child labour and forced labour mean to you?
The residues of another age that we could do without. Why act here and now against indecent work? It’s a question of decency and consistency.
What do you value in your relationship with RHSF as a volunteer?
The human side and the warm and positive contact. What do you think is the most important thing to understand about forced labour and child labour? Submission is not normal, especially for children who have the right to another life.
What made you decide to be involved with RHSF?
The team’s expertise and experience, the involvement of all stakeholders to find fair, sustainable and effective solutions. Why is it important for you to act here and now against indecent work? Because the causes are systemic! If we agreed to pay the right price here, there would be no adults and children in appalling working conditions over there.
What made you decide to get involved with RHSF?
I wanted to get involved with an NGO in the field of innovative projects to defend vulnerable workers and their rights. In your opinion, what is the most important thing to understand about forced labour and child labour? Forced and child labour does not only take place elsewhere, in poor countries. They occur in all countries and all sectors and are therefore a concern for all of us.
What do you value in your relationship with RHSF as a volunteer?
The quality of listening and exchanges with the teams, the feeling of participating in building a better world! Why is it important for you to act here and now against indecent work? At a time of profound civilisational change, the dream can become reality! With SDGs and political will, it is possible to make a lasting change and even eradicate indecent work… solutions do exist.
RHSF’s Board is composed of independent individuals from various backgrounds who structure and guide RHSF’s development according to pragmatic and sustainable principles.
Representatives of NGOs, experts and local authorities also participate in Board meetings to enrich the debate and enable board directors to make informed decisions.
- Lydie Laloum, President
- Isabelle Combemale, Treasurer
- Andgie Gautheron, Secretary
- Kabir Ahm Lutful
- Karine Arcache
- Catherine Calmettes
- Lise Petitjean
RHSF in the media
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