USA: Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina implements new child labour policy

Author: Human Rights Watch, Published on: 7 October 2014

"US: Tobacco Group Adopts Child Labour Protections", 2 Oct 2014

The Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina, which represents more than 2,300 tobacco farmers in North Carolina and neighboring states, issued a policy on October 1, 2014 stating that it “does not condone the use of child labor.” The policy says that children under 16 should not be hired to work on tobacco farms, even with parental permission...The new policy..recommends that employers “be cautious about employing 16 and 17-year-old workers in tobacco” to ensure that they perform only non-hazardous tasks... Both global tobacco companies and business associations...have responsibilities to respect and protect the human rights of workers in the supply chain under the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, including the elimination of child labor, Human Rights Watch said.

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