KUALA LUMPUR—Hartalega Holdings Bhd. has paid a remediation sum of $10 million to its migrant laborers as part of its "zero recruitment cost policy."
In a June 8 announcement, the Malaysian glove maker said the reimbursement process started in November 2020 and was completed June 4.
The group launched its zero recruitment cost policy in April 2019 and this latest round of reimbursement was made to workers who joined the group prior to the implementation of the policy, Hartalega said.
In addition, Hartalega said that it will reimburse laborers who joined the group under the zero recruitment cost policy but were asked to pay an employment fee to agents.
As part of this, the gloves manufacturer has established four checkpoints—during the interview stage in the source country, before departure to Malaysia, arrival in Malaysia and three months into employment—to ensure that workers are not required to pay any fees.
Hartalega said there could still be workers who may not have reported any payments they may have made.
"As such the group is engaging with current workers to countercheck on this matter," it said.
Hartalega said it has rolled out the next phase of its remediation program, which will extend the policy to former Haralega workers who left the company on or after the zero recruitment cost policy was implemented.