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From goodwill to eradication, how are companies tackling child labour in the supply chain?

On the International Day Against Child Labour, Vigeo Eiris publishes this sustainability focus assessing companies’ performances and abilities to tackle child labour in their supply chain.

The ILO’s conventions on Minimum Age and Worst forms of child labour recognize the duty of states and companies to deploy adequate measures to fight and eliminate child labour. Abolishing child labour is also an important facet of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda.

The international community, through Target 8.7 of the SDGs, has made a clear commitment to eradicate the worst forms of child labour and to end child labour in all its forms by 2025. In addition, national movements for binding regulation on human rights due diligence have been growing in Europe, as evidenced by the Dutch Senate’s recent vote in favour of the adoption of a new child labour law requiring companies selling products on the Dutch market to address child labour in their global supply chain.

Yet, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that 152 million children are still victim of child labour globally1. Companies therefore have key responsibilities in eradicating child labour starting by mapping children labour risk across their supply chain and implementing measures to prevent and remedy children rights abuse. This includes the definition of a minimum working age, cooperation with local stakeholders to provide educational support, suppliers’ capacity building, or third-party audit.


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