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, 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 union representatives, 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)
The RHSF Community
Martine CombemaleFounder & President
Martine Combemale is RHSF's first ambassador. Since 2006, she has brought her extensive expertise in Child Labour and Forced Labour to several international projects. 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?“ Martine was also appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 2019 by the French government.
Magali CroeseGeneral Management & Head of Lab 8.7 progreamme
Magali oversees RHSF’s operations across the globe that bring together corporate stakeholders, governments’ representatives and civil society in field cooperations. Magali also heads Lab 8.7 programme: it experiments adapted practices from the field to the Board room to prevent child labour and forced labour, sustainably. With more than 15 years of experience in human resources management and supply chain for multinational companies, in Europe and Asia-Pacific, Magali has a particular mastery of labour practices and associated abuses throughout the supply chain worldwide.
Aziz AhammoutProject Manager & Intelligence Division
Aziz Ahammout manages RHSF's Intelligence Division: he performs a continuous watch on the laws and realities of child labour and forced labour around the world. The objective is to report on the realities in the field, to give an interpretation of the situations and to anticipate the risk factors. In parallel, he conducts a research-action project in Malaysia to prevent the risks of forced labour in a factory in a relevant manner for local stakeholders. His Human Resources background and his extensive exposure to various cultures are instrumental to maintain and develop our knowledge base dedicated to the prevention of indecent work.
Estelle EeckemanProject Manager & Awareness-Capacity building Division
Estelle Eeckeman manages RHSF's Awareness-Capacity building Division: she leads the construction and dissemination of awareness raising projects and tools, and manages the development of RHSF's capacity-building programmes. She is also project manager for the RHSF experimentation in agriculture in Costa Rica. She works in close collaboration with field project manager Paulina Torres Mora, from Toulouse, France as well as on site in Costa Rica. 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 ChenCorporate Tutoring Activities
Hui Chen manages the corporate tutoring activities that rely on RHSF expertise: how to perform a risk analysis, adjust HR management according to these risks... She contributed to the RHSF project, recognised by two international awards in 2015 and 2016: a 2-year immersive experience in a Chinese factory to prevent risks of abusive working conditions and deploy more responsible HR management practices. With 10 years of expertise in human resources management and social risk assessment, Hui conducts corporate tutoring especially in China.
Stéphanie HenrionAssociation Development Manager
Stéphanie Henrion joined RHSF in 2022 to contribute to its strategic development at a time when all impacted stakeholders seem ready to take action. Stéphanie is currently taking a Master’s degree at IAE Paris Sorbonne Business School in order to develop her skills in organisational management and strategy applied to associations. She relies on more than 20 years of experience in international companies in communication, CSR and business ethics to create win-win cooperations between the association and its partner companies.
Paulina Torres MoraField project manager
Recruited in February 2022, Paulina lives in the community in complete immersion for RHSF experimentation in Costa Rica. On site, she coordinates dialogue between producers, workers and their families, but also companies to build new responsible practices. Paulina brings her intensive academic background and multiple field experiences in sociology and rural education in Costa Rica to the project run in close coordination Estelle Eeckeman. In parallel, Paulina continues to work at the Vicerrectoría de Extensión Social at the National University.
The RHSF movement is also a diversity of organisations and individuals committed to decent work in subcontracting chains.
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.
Communication consultant and translator
Head of Sector & Sustainability
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 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.
- Martine Combemale, President
- Isabelle Combemale, Treasurer
- Andgie Gautheron, Secretary
- Karine Arcache
- Catherine Calmettes
- Olivier Di Sima
- Danièle Benoit
RHSF in the media
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