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Child labour

Identifying and combating child labour in international supply chains requires several simultaneous actions.

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No child should work – every child has the right to a good education, the right to play and the right to be a real child. Child labour perpetuates poverty; it prevents children from going to school to increase their chances of a better future, and where children work, adults sometimes cannot find work. Conversely, poverty also forces children into child labour, including through the lack of a living wage for parents and adults. The situation of child labour is a vicious circle that harms the whole community. Tackling child labour contributes to development and better opportunities for all.     

However, child labour is a complex problem that occurs mainly at the beginning of production chains. For example, in more informal work, sometimes done at home. Identifying and combating child labour requires several simultaneous actions. First, all compulsory school-age children should be provided with an adequate full-time education. In addition, companies should address child labour in their supply chain by applying due diligence. Governments must ensure that companies comply with international standards and conventions on child labour.

Arisa, through its partners, contributes to the fight against child labour by establishing child labour free zones where local authorities, teachers, employers and parents work together to get all children out of work and into school.     

Arisa collaborates on the issue of child labour in the Stop Child Labour coalition and the Work: No Child’s Business programme.