World Vision calls on G20 countries to eliminate child labour through their procurement value chains

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8 April 2014

G20 must rescue 168 million from child labour – Costello

Author: World Vision Australia

With one in ten children across the globe employed in child labour there is an urgent need for G20 nations to make sure their plans for growth are not built on the backs of the world’s innocents.
International aid and development organisation World Vision today called on G20 decision-makers – representing 85 per cent of global GDP – to take action to protect the world’s children from economic exploitation.

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1 April 2014

[PDF] Policy report: Creating markets for child-friendly growth - Addressing child labour through G20 public procurement

Author: World Vision

...[The] procurement policies and practices of G20 governments have a major impact on the global economy and the lives of these children...Well-functioning GVCs [global value chains] can...[provide] opportunities for emerging economies [but]...GVCs can also hide...and disperse apparent responsibility for child labour... GVCs...must, therefore, be accompanied by additional responsibilities to ensure that...the rights of children...are protected...In 2014, G20 governments are expected to spend between 10 and 15 trillion dollars on public procurement...While some countries are attempting to address child labour in their public procurement...we are seeing a highly fragmented system emerge...A common approach would address this...As the leaders of the G20 governments prepare to meet...we ask them to take an important first developing and implementing a common approach to the reform of public procurement policies...

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