Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and child labour

Companies are increasingly concerned with child labour in their supply chains. They view it as inconsistent with company values, a threat to their image and ability to recruit and retain top employees, as well as to the sustainability of their supply chain. Child labourers can be found in all stages of supply chains, including in agriculture, manufacturing and retail.

The Social Dialogue Section of ILO-IPEC supports businesses' efforts to reduce child labour and to increase compliance with the ILO’s child labour standards: Convention No. 138 on Minimum Age and Convention No. 182 on Worst Forms of Child Labour. The Section does so through support for the multi-stakeholder Child Labour Platform and other relevant groups; Public-Private Partnerships to tackle child labour in supply chains and reinforce capacity of ILO constituents; and research and specialized projects, notably the development of guidance for business that uses the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as a tool for business to ensure that they respect children’s right to be free from child labour, as enshrined in ILO Conventions.

Child Labour Platform

Launched in 2010 at The Hague Global Child Labour Conference, the Child Labour Platform (CLP) is a membership-based forum of exchange for businesses to share and learn from others’ approaches to tackling child labour in the supply chain.

Guidance Tool on the UN "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework and Child Labour

Following the UN Human Rights Council’s endorsement of the “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights” in June 2011, the ILO and the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) launched the project "Guidance Tool on How to do Business with Respect for Children's Rights to be Free from Child Labour", to provide guidance on how companies can prevent child labour and contribute to child labour remediation, whether in their own operations or in their supply chains, through appropriate policies, due diligence and remediation processes.

Highlights

  1. Side event of the OECD Garment Forum

    Preventing and Remediating Child Labour in the Garment Supply Chain

    COVID-19 may reverse years of progress against child labour, including in the garment industry and supply chain. To support effective due diligence against child labour in the industry, the ILO’s Child Labour Platform (CLP), the Centre for Child Rights and Business, and industry partners will launch the report "Supplier Guidance on Child Labour for the Garment Industry". Join us at a special side event of the OECD Garment Forum to receive an advance copy of this state of the art tool and learn how it can help to identify, prevent and remediate child labour and protect young workers from occupational health and safety risks.
    When: 2 February 2021, 11:30-12:30 - Register now!

  2. International Conference

    Taking next steps to end child labour in global supply chains

    The Dutch Government is convening this conference together with ILO and the Global March against Child Labour. Companies will meet with governments, CSOs and employers’ and workers’ organizations to share best practices, discuss challenges and lessons learned for better due diligence and policy to bring child labour in supply chains to an end.

  3. Child Labour Platform (CLP) Meeting

    10th Annual Meeting of the Child Labour Platform

    The Child Labour Platform will hold the annual global meeting on 21-22 November 2019 in Paris.