June 12th is the World Day Against Child Labour. Around the world, 168 million children are involved in child labor and more than half of them, 85 million, are working under unconditional worst forms. Companies have a responsibility for how their commodities are produced and consumers have a role to play through their choices. We know that change is possible. The global number of children in child labor has declined by one third since 2000, but a lot of work remains to combat this issue.
On June 13th, we organized an event together with law firm Akin Gump, the Embassy of Sweden and the international NGO Save the Children, to highlight best practices for businesses to end child labor in supply chains. A high-level panel with representatives from the US Department of Labor, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Mars Corporation and Akin Gump discussed the problem of child labor from a policy, business and legal perspective and took questions from the 80+ people in attendance.
Check out the new app “Sweat & Toil: Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking Around the World,” produced by the US Department of Labor, that lets you access thousands of pages of data, monitor progress and take action against child labor.