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Child Labor: Working to Eliminate a Worldwide Problem
Author: Philip Morris International, Published on: 6 February 2014
At Philip Morris International (PMI) we have a child and forced labor policy, which sets a minimum age and forbids the use of forced labor in all our facilities around the world. Although PMI does not grow tobacco, we purchase tobacco from suppliers and farmers in over 30 countries...Preventing child labor in...agricultural communities is a focus for PMI but continues to be particularly challenging, this is because labor practices can be rudimentary, work often occurs in impoverished circumstances, and there often exists a longstanding, cultural acceptance of child labor...[W]e are in the process of implementing an Agricultural Labor Practices Code which strengthens and expands our existing practices and policies, and includes tailored, in-depth training programs for our tobacco crop professionals and suppliers, farmers and their workers...[W]e are continuing to work with a range of governmental and nongovernmental organizations around the globe to implement programs that seek to eradicate child labor in tobacco growing communities...