[video] Life not sweet for Philippines' sugar cane child workers

Author: Kyung Lah, CNN, Published on: 2 May 2012

The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates 2.4 million child workers are in the Philippines. Many of them…working in fields and mines. The organization estimates 60% work in hazardous conditions…Edith Villanueva, the president and COO of the Sugar Industry Foundation…cites the strong cultural ties of families working together in the fields as one of the main problems…There's a long term solution and it's really education…Villanueva says the Sugar Industry Foundation and the Coca-Cola Foundation are paying to build a four-room high school that is set to open later this month. The Coca-Cola company is one of the largest buyers of sugar in the world and the sugar factories fed by the fields of Northern Mindanao call Coca-Cola one of their main customers. In a statement…Coca-Cola said it "does not support, encourage or endorse any form of child labor in our operations throughout our global bottling system or in our supplier network."

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Related companies: Coca-Cola