Universal Children's day : the elimination of child labour is still a high priority


BSCI supports the United Nation's Universal Children's Day which is celebrated on 20 November each year in order to improve children's welfare all over the world. An estimated 215 million children work worldwide. More than half of them are exposed to the worst forms of child labour such as work in hazardous environments, slavery, or other forms of forced labour. BSCI and its participating companies consider the elimination of child labour a high priority in their supply chain. BSCI is committed to protecting children from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to be hazardous, interferes with their education, or is harmful to the child's health, physical, mental or moral development. Therefore, the BSCI Code of Conduct refers to the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. BSCI supports companies to prevent and remediate cases of child labour in factories and farms. Through BSCI’s methodology, companies can monitor the suppliers' workplaces and work towards elimination of child labour. BSCI arranges training activities with local partners in sourcing countries in order to raise the suppliers’ awareness about the issue. Building stakeholder relations is critical: firstly in sourcing countries where the risk of child labour is predominant, to strengthen the awareness among companies. Secondly, at the international level, to foster cooperation between initiatives aiming at improving social compliance and eradicating child labour. Sustainable progress in this field requires above all also action from public authorities in sourcing countries. Law which prohibits child labour must be enforced and governmental policies must address the root causes of child labour: tackling poverty, ensuring children have access to education and providing social protection. BSCI will continue its work and help to eliminate child labour.

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