Child Labour Platform Engages Stakeholders to Eliminate Child Labour in Supply Chains

Author: UN Global Compact, Published on: 7 March 2014

At a two-day meeting of the Child Labour Platform...representatives from business, investment, civil society, trade unions, business associations, Government and the UN assessed the effectiveness of current approaches to eliminating child labour in supply chains and identified opportunities to further develop the platform...In his opening remarks at the event, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder acknowledged the progress made in reducing child labour, noting the number of child workers around the world has declined by one-third to 168 million. Despite these positive figures, he warned of complacency and emphasized the need to accelerate efforts...Participants were introduced to initiatives at both the sector and country levels...Business representatives participated in thematic discussions ranging from supply chain monitoring in the informal economy and building resilient supply chains through supplier relationships, to effectively engaging with Governments on the issue of child labour.

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