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Globalization and Child Labor: The Cause Can Also be a Cure

Author: Susan Ariel Aaronson, professor at George Washington Univ. School of Business, in YaleGlobal [USA], Published on: 13 March 2007

In 2001, [cocoa producers, traders, suppliers, governments, unions & civil society groups] created a multi-sectoral partnership, the Cocoa Protocol, to address the conditions that perpetuate forced child labor on these cacao plantations... [US legislators] Harkin and Engel wanted to address child labor without undermining the fragile economies in question... They...understood that a collapse of this trade could exacerbate rather than address the root factors – illiteracy, poverty and lack of economic alternatives – that perpetuate exploitation in the cocoa sector... The Cocoa Protocol offers a model as to how policymakers working in collaboration with industry, unions and civil society, might address [child labour] problems in one sector... But it’s just a sector-specific start. [refers to lawsuit against Nestlé, ADM (Archer Daniels Midland), Cargill]

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Related companies: Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Cargill Nestlé