US Dept. of Labor launches 2016 child labour report & mobile app designed to help businesses address child & forced labour in supply chains

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26 September 2017

2016 Findings on the worst forms of child labor

Author: US Department of Labor

The Department of Labor's annual Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor focuses on the efforts of certain U.S. trade beneficiary countries and territories to eliminate the worst forms of child labor through legislation, enforcement mechanisms, policies and social programs.

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22 September 2017

US govt. launches app to guide development of social compliance systems to address forced & child labour

Author: US Department of Labor

[I]n too many countries, illegal labor practices persist, either going unchecked or willfully ignored. Lack of accountability and oversight of labor rights has made it more likely that goods imported into the U.S. may be tainted by child labor and forced labor... ["Comply Chain", an] App created by the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Bureau of International Labor Affairs,... support[s] efforts of companies that seek to address [forced & child labor] within their own supply chains... The App is also an important component of the U.S. government’s National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct (NAP-RBC), which was developed pursuant to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights... This App is for all companies. Companies that have not yet put in place social compliance systems may find it most useful. It can also be useful for companies that have systems in place but are seeking improvement, or those who are working with partners in their global supply chains to establish such programs. 

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