Hannah Plumb
Ethical recruitment, labour migration, human rights

Hannah Plumb has more than 10 years’ experience working on migration, human rights and international development for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Australian Government. Her career has seen her live and work in Switzerland, Vietnam and Australia.

One of Hannah’s key areas of focus is supporting companies to adopt ethical recruitment and supply chain practices. Prior to joining RCG, Hannah worked on the development and rollout of IOM’s International Recruitment Integrity System (IRIS) — a global certification scheme for ethical labour recruiters. In particular, she was responsible for developing capacity-building programs for recruiters, employers and IOM staff. She has trained recruiters and employers in Southeast Asia, South Asia, Kenya, Canada and Mauritius, and developed a variety of tools and resources on ethical recruitment.

Similarly, Hannah played a key role in developing IOM’s Corporate Responsibility in Eliminating Slavery and Trafficking (CREST) framework. She designed and piloted training for suppliers and brands in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos on how to reduce the risk of modern slavery in business operations and supply chains.

Hannah continues to provide technical support to IOM as a consultant. She recently worked with IOM Hong Kong on a project promoting the ethical recruitment of domestic workers. As a member of RCG, Hannah will use her experience and expertise to expand RCG Reflex in Australia and New Zealand.

Hannah also has experience working with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Attorney-General’s Department. At DFAT, Hannah worked on the Asia Regional Programs desk, where she provided policy advice to the government on transboundary development issues, including human trafficking and labour migration. She was also the activity manager for DFAT’s strategic partnership with the Asia Foundation and ensured that all aid management, due diligence and reporting processes were followed, including coordinating an independent mid-term review.

At the Attorney-General’s Department, Hannah provided policy advice to the government on disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and sex discrimination, as well as justice issues concerning Indigenous Australians. One of her biggest achievements was developing a consistent whole-of-government approach to gender identity (the recognition of sex and gender). She also undertook various research projects, including drafting a paper on whether social status should be a protected attribute in Australian anti-discrimination law.

Hannah holds a Master of Arts (Journalism) from the University of South Australia and a Bachelor of International Studies from the University of Adelaide.