Alessandra Spigno
Labour practices and human trafficking

Since joining RCG as a research specialist in early 2016, Alessandra Spigno has led or participated in more than 10 assignments relating to labour and human trafficking issues. She has assisted in research projects on global responses to human trafficking and forced labour for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, as well as internal RCG research on existing ethical buying initiatives and responsible recruitment policies.

Working primarily as part of the RCG Reflex team, Alessandra is responsible for undertaking research and evaluation on exploitative labour practices within company supply chains. She is working as a researcher and interviewer on a project for ETI — the Ethical Trading Initiative — to develop a set of principles on access to remedy for vulnerable migrant workers. The assignment consists of structuring and conducting interviews with workers, key businesses, trade unions, non-government organizations and other stakeholders, and subsequent data analysis.

In 2018, Alessandra produced a paper on worker voice mechanisms, covering a range of initiatives such as hotlines and grievance mechanisms, platforms for information sharing, and continuous communication and feedback. She is currently working with the International Organization for Migration to develop a monitoring and complaints mechanism for the International Recruitment Integrity System (IRIS), a voluntary ethical recruitment framework. She leads the mapping and data collection process.

In early 2017, at the request of the UK multi-stakeholder initiative Stronger Together, Alessandra conducted a three-part study into the exploitation and vulnerability of workers in the tomato-growing sector in Italy, and subsequently led work on the development of an interactive remediation toolkit for the Mekong Club to help companies develop sustainable solutions to exploitative labour practices.

Alessandra is a certified Labor and Ethics Lead Auditor, having completed the Verité-provided Responsible Business Alliance Labor and Ethics Lead Auditor course.

Alessandra graduated in sociology from La Sapienza University of Rome with a focus on outward and return migration.