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Key initiatives & reports

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Report on child slavery in artisanal mining & quarrying, by Gulnara Shahinian, UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, 4 Jul 2011

New website reveals extent of slavery in everyday goods
Anti-Slavery International, 18 Oct 2010
The website details products made using forced and child labour.

Responsible Cotton Network
A multistakeholder initiative working to halt the use of forced child labour in Uzbek cotton production.  Members include brands, retail associations, investors and civil society organizations.
   Background: Investor, company and NGO coalition to address forced child labour
   Maplecroft, UN Global Compact (case study)

Company response to Forced Labor in Uzbek Cotton
International Labor Rights Forum
Lists companies that have committed not to use Uzbek cotton.

International Cocoa Initiative
A multistakeholder initiative established to address the issue of illegal child labour in the cocoa supply chain.
    Cocoa industry ‘failing to address abusive child labour’ in supply chain
    Procurement Leaders, 5 Oct 2010
    Fourth Annual Report: Oversight of Public and Private Initiatives to Eliminate the Worst Forms of
    Child Labor in the Cocoa Sector in Côte  d’Ivoire and Ghana
    Payson Center for International Development at Tulane University, 30 Sep 2010

Combating forced labour: A handbook for employers and business
ILO, 2008

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International Cocoa Initiative

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Company Response to Forced Child Labor in Uzbek Cotton

Author: International Labour Rights Forum

Companies across the US and Europe have taken a stand against forced child labor in the production of Uzbek cotton. In addition, some companies are working hard to develop clear traceability for cotton and other components of clothing....[C]ompanies...

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New website reveals extent of slavery in everyday goods

Author: Anti-Slavery International

… [T]he shocking range of everyday items produced through slavery can be seen...on a new interactive website from Anti-Slavery International: www.productsofslavery.org...Anti-Slavery International's Products of Slavery website, is a data visualisation...

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Cocoa industry ‘failing to address abusive child labour’ in supply chain

Author: Procurement Leaders

The global cocoa industry has been slammed for failing to stamp out suppliers which rely on "abusive child labour". The allegations were made by the Payson Center for International Development at Tulane University in its fourth annual report on...

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[PDF] Oversight of public and private initiatives to eliminate the worst forms of child labor in the cocoa sector in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana

Author: Payson Center for International Development and Technology Transfer, Tulane University

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Background: Investor, company and NGO coalition to address forced child labour

Author: UN Global Compact

An estimated 2 million children between the ages of 11-17 harvest cotton in Uzbekistan under conditions described as forced labour...The Responsible Cotton Network has sought to influence policymakers in Uzbekistan through diplomatic channels in order...

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