Media advisory

Workshop to discuss innovative approaches to eliminate child and forced labour in the cotton industry

Media advisory | 13 November 2018
BRUSSELS (ILO News) - On 20 November 2018, a workshop will bring together practitioners to discuss innovative approaches to eliminate child and forced labour in the cotton industry. They will be guided by relevant EU policies and action plans and the pledges made at the Global Conference on the sustained eradication of child labour held in Buenos Aires last year.

During the workshop, the Clear Cotton project will be launched. The project is co-funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The project aims to eliminate child labour and forced labour in the cotton, textile, and garments value chains and will mainly target Burkina Faso, Mali and Pakistan with a set of awareness raising activities in Peru.

Opening remarks will be made by Henriette Geiger, Director of the Directorate People and Peace in the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development at the European Commission (DG DEVCO), Beate Andrees, Chief of the FUNDAMENTALS Branch at ILO and Rodrigo De Lapuerta, Director of the FAO Liaison Office in Brussels.

This will be followed by interventions by MEPs and two panel discussions involving representatives from the targeted countries including producers’ associations and national cotton and textile companies as well as CEOE, ITUC, C&A, Cargill, Consumer Goods Forum, the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment and the International Cotton Advisory Committee.

Closing remarks will be made by Stefano Signore, Head of Unit at the European Commission’s DG DEVCO.

Journalists are invited to attend the workshop on 20 November 2018 from 9:00 to 17:15 at the NH Brussels EU Berlaymont hotel, Boulevard Charlemagne 11-19, Brussels.

For media queries and interview requests, please contact Fleur Rondelez, Press Officer (tel) +32 (0)2 737 93 87 (e-mail)