Child labour - an introduction
Below are select introductory materials on business and child labour. Further reports from a wide range of sources are in the child labour section of our site.
- Key international standards
- Key reports & guidance
- Concerns, company responses & non-responses
- Positive steps by companies
- Lawsuits regarding child labour
Key international standards
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: articles 32 and 34
Key reports & guidance
Child Labour Resource Guide, UNICEF
Action Plan on Child labour [PDF], Stop Child Labour – School is the Best Place to Work, 2008
Concerns, company responses & non-responses
The Resource Centre invites companies to respond to allegations of misconduct. Below are examples of allegations and company responses regarding child labour. We also indicate when a company has not responded.
Karnataka, India: Mines, minerals & PEOPLE says child labour used in iron ore and granite mines, Apr 2005. Responses by Jindal Vijayanagar Steel, National Mineral Development Corporation. No response received from Mysore Minerals.
Mexico: LabourStart campaign alleges child labour at Rubie's Costume Co. facility, reportedly supplying Time Warner, Oct 2005. Responses by Rubie's, Time Warner.
Nigeria: Business Day (Nigeria) alleges child labour at Lee Group factory, May 2008. Lee Group response.
Positive steps by companies
Lawsuits regarding child labour
Articles & reports mentioning other child labour lawsuits (note: this links to the search results for material on our website referring both to "child labour" and "lawsuits" - not all articles will necessarily be focused on a child labour lawsuit)
Related stories and components
Author: Press Trust of India
A year after being embroiled in a child labour controversy, leading US apparel and footwear brand Gap has embarked on a national initiative for welfare of children and women in collaboration with the Ministry of Women and Child Development and various...
Author: Editorial, Business Day [Nigeria]
Barely one week after May Day celebrations...workers of Lee Group of Companies in [Nigeria] raised an alarm over abuses and inhuman treatment meted out to them by the...company...According to the president of the [National Union of Chemical, Footwears...
Author: India Committee of the Netherlands
More than 416.000 children under the age of 18, of which almost 225.000 younger than 14, are involved in (often bonded) child labour in India’s cottonseed fields. Most of them are girls. They work in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka...
Author: Luis Lozano, infobaeprofesional.com [Argentina]
Desde el Ministerio de Trabajo se apunta a la Responsabilidad Social Empresaria como una clave para mejorar la calidad del empleo y más de 80 firmas de primer nivel ya se sumaron a la iniciativa. Ayer se firmó un convenio para combatir el trabajo...
A group of young, mostly female workers in Hidalgo, Mexico, some as young as 13 years-old, who have made Harry Potter and other Halloween costumes with Warner Brothers [part of Time Warner] logos, have been illegally locked out [by Rubie's Costume...
- Related stories: Mexico: Workers, some as young as 13, locked out for protesting unsafe working conditions at Rubie's Costume factory - makes Time Warner-licensed costumes
- Related in-depth areas: Child labour - an introduction Labour - an introduction
- Related companies: Rubie's Costume Time Warner Warner Bros. (part of Time Warner)
Our Mining Children: Report of Fact Finding Team on Child Labourers in Iron Ore and Granite Mines, Bellary District of Karnataka
Author: mines, minerals & PEOPLE (mm&P); full report team: Dr. Shantha Sinha, M.V.Foundation, Hyderabad; Enakshi Ganguly Thukral, HAQ-Centre for Child Rights, New Delhi & Campaign against Child Trafficking; K. Bhanumathi – Samata, Hyderabad & mm&P; Dr. Satyalakshmi – mm&P & Movement Against Uranium Project, Hyderabad; Dr.Bhagyalakshmi – Convenor, Women and Mining, mines, minerals & PEOPLE, India; Narsimhamurthy and Harish Jogi – Campaign Against Child Labour, Karnataka; Dominique .D – Oxfam Swaraj, Karnataka
Child labour are working in very large and alarming numbers in the iron-ore and granite mines of Hospet-Bellary region of Karnataka state...The working and living conditions of child workers are highly exploitative, inhuman and do not have even the...
- Related stories: India: Report alleges widespread child labour in Karnataka iron ore & granite mines
- Related in-depth areas: Child labour - an introduction
- Related companies: Jindal Mysore Minerals National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC)
Author: UNICEF UK
[The Guide] makes a compelling case for business action on child labour, offers a basic step-by-step approach to managing child labour risk responsibly...considers international legal standards [and]...how these standards are directly relevant to...