Interviewed during the 2016 meeting of the Child Labour Platform, a business leaders network against child labour, Mr. Yann Wyss, Senior Manager, Social & Environmental Impact at Nestlé, explains the benefits of sharing experiences and joining forces to eradicate child labour in global supply chains.
The Child Labour Platform will hold a meeting on 17-18 October, in Geneva, to discuss joint action against child labour in supply chains.
Three formal remedial classes for children with breaks in their education, school drop-outs and child labourers have started at the secondary school No. 94 in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek.
Building on the new momentum created by the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Alliance 8.7 brings together all interested parties to join forces in achieving Target 8.7 aiming at a world without forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour.
Facts and figures
- Global number of children in child labour has declined by one third since 2000, from 246 million to 168 million children. More than half of them, 85 million, are in hazardous work (down from 171 million in 2000).
- Asia and the Pacific still has the largest numbers (almost 78 million or 9.3% of child population), but Sub-Saharan Africa continues to be the region with the highest incidence of child labour (59 million, over 21%).
- There are 13 million (8.8%) of children in child labour in Latin America and the Caribbean and in the Middle East and North Africa there are 9.2 million (8.4%).
- Agriculture remains by far the most important sector where child labourers can be found (98 million, or 59%), but the problems are not negligible in services (54 million) and industry (12 million) – mostly in the informal economy.
- Child labour among girls fell by 40% since 2000, compared to 25% for boys.
Videos on child labour
A mobile application against child labour
This app allows business managers and auditors to create interactive checklists that will help them ensure a child labour-free operation. There are 18 checkpoints in total, divided into six categories. Each checkpoint provides best-practice recommendations for taking action.