The Elimination of Child Labour - Webinar Series
To commemorate the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, UN Global Compact Network UK & UN Global Compact Network USA are launching the Elimination of Child Labour Webinar Series. The five sessions feature a series of discussions over the course of the year, to raise awareness on the importance of the elimination of child labour and to translate business aspirations into business actions. The series will bring private sector representatives together with UN agencies, academia, and civil society to discuss the challenges on the ground, as well as share best practice examples to eliminate child labour and accelerate progress to end child labour for good.
*'Spanish translation kindly provided by UN Global Compact Network Mexico
29 June, 15:45 – 17:00 BST / 10:45 – 12:00 ET
There is a high prevalence of child labour in the informal economy, in both urban and rural settings. Child labour is particularly widespread in agriculture, artisanal mining, manufacturing, street work, and domestic work. While monitoring the informal sector is challenging, it remains essential for all companies to mitigate these risks in their supply chain. Focusing on supply chains helps identify where and how the formal business sector intersects with the informal sector. This webinar will therefore consider the connection between primary activities (mainly informal and occurring in bottom tiers) and formal activities further along the chain.
The Centre for Child Rights and Business
Dr. Vivek Soundararajan,
Associate Professor in International Management,
University of Bath
Dr James McQuilken,
Standards and Implementation Resources Director,
Fair Trade USA
29 September, 15:45-17:00 BST / 10:45 – 12:00 ET
Over the last few decades, the ‘fast fashion’ model has had a deteriorating effect on supply chain conditions. Low wages, forced labour, unhealthy and dangerous working conditions are widespread throughout the garment supply chain and have exacerbated the issue of child labour. This webinar will discuss sector-specific challenges and examine practical actions business can take to address child labour in the apparel sector.
19 October, 15:45-17:00 BST / 10:45 – 12:00 ET
The informal nature of the agricultural sector, with its demand for cheap and low-skilled labour, have resulted in high rates of child labour across the industry. ILO data suggests that 112 million boys and girls work in agriculture, growing crops ranging from tobacco and cotton to grains and fruit. Companies risk finding child labour in the lower tiers of their supply chain, including in the agricultural industry. This webinar will discuss the challenges and examine practical actions business can take to address child labour within the sector.
17 November, 15:45-17:00 GMT / 10:45 – 12:00 ET
In mines and quarries worldwide, it is estimated that over one million children are engaged in child labour. Mining and quarrying is considered hazardous work and therefore one of the worst forms of child labour. The raw materials being sourced enter the supply chain of a range of other industries: metals are used in technology, sand and gravel are used in construction, and minerals are used in cosmetics & automotive. This webinar will explore the challenges and examine practical actions business can take to address child labour within these sectors.
9 June, 15:45 – 17:00 BST / 10:45 – 12:00 ET
The discovery of child labour in a company’s supply chain can have devastating impacts on a brand. Endemic in many sourcing countries, 160 million children worldwide are subjected to child labour today. This webinar introduced the issue of child labour in global supply chains and provided suggestions for practical solutions by highlighting key stakeholders’ actions.
Programme Manager Fund Against Child Labour,
Government of the Netherlands
Senior Sustainability Manager,
Global Human Rights and Children’s Rights Leader,
Global Child Rights & Business Specialist,
Director of Social Compliance,
International Organisation of Employers (IOE)
The below is just a sampling of vital information on this topic. We encourage you to take a look:
- Covid-19 And Child Labour: A Time of Crisis, A Time to Act (ILO & UNICEF)
- Ending Child Labour by 2025: A Review of Policies and Programmes (ILO)
- Empowering Women and Girls to End Child Labour (European Commission)
- Ending Child Labour, Forced Labour, and Human Trafficking in Global Supply Chains (ILO & OECD)
- Take Action to End Child Labour (Alliance 8.7)
- Child Labour: Global Estimates 2020, Trends and the Road Forward (ILO & UNICEF)