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Sustainability Focus: Child Labour Due Diligence in Labour Intensive Industries

Author: Vigeo, Published on: 1 January 2014

Vigeo identified four sectors (Mining, Food, Tobacco and Specialised Retail) that are more exposed to child labour issues than others due their high labour intensity, complex supply chains and their frequent presence weak governance zones. Vigeo’s analysis...across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific has recorded multiple controversies regarding child labour in the supply chain further highlighting the importance of this topic...[This research] indicates that there is a widespread disclosure of policies explicitly mentioning Child Labour. When considering the implementation of due diligence measures implemented, in most cases there is no longer a distinction between child labour and other social rights...[A] variety of measures are...adopted with the most common one to integrate social issues in contractual clauses. Overall, European companies show more willingness to cooperate with external stakeholders and to conduct supplier audits. Both Retail and Tobacco sectors demonstrate on average better performances (in terms of policies and measures disclosed) than Food or Mining sectors. [Refers to Archer Daniels Midland, Alliance One International, British American Tobacco, Cargill, Glencore (now GlencoreXstrata), Hershey, Imperial Tobacco, Nestlé, Nike, Philip Morris Internationa, Universal Corporation]

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Related companies: Alliance One Archer Daniels Midland British American Tobacco Cargill Glencore Hershey Imperial Tobacco Nestlé Nike Universal Corporation