[PDF] Child Labour, Trade Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility: What the European Union should do

Author: Gerard Oonk, Senior advisor of ‘Stop Child Labour – School is the best place to work’ campaign, Published on: 23 June 2008

The 218 million children suffering from child labour worldwide, of which the products are also consumed in Europe, are a dramatic illustration of the mismatch between the rights of the economically powerful and the rights of the child… This policy paper and the set of recommendations cover both issues of trade relations and corporate social responsibility. They to a large extent build on the existing consensus of the European Parliament for stronger policies and certain forms of regulation on CSR. They also build on the willingness of Council of the EU to examine and consider measures in the field of CSR, transparency as well as effective trade related measures.

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