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Ending child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in global supply chains

 

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Date of publication
12 November 2019

 

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About the report

12/11/2019 - Acheiving commitments under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end child labour, forced labour and human trafficking requires that governments, business, the financial sector and civil society take strong action to address the root causes and determinants of these human rights violations. While global supply chains have the potential to generate growth, employment, skill development and technological transfer, they have also been linked to human rights violations and abuses.

 

Ending child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in global supply chains presents research findings and recommendations on child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in global supply chains. Jointly authored by the ILO, OECD, IOM and UNICEF under the aegis of Alliance 8.7, the report also represents the first ever attempt to measure these human rights abuses and violations on a large scale. It is divided into two parts:

  • Understanding child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in global supply chains
  • Responding to child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in global supply chains

A preliminary version of the report was presented at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers' Meeting in Matsuyama, Japan, on 1-2 September 2019. The report was launched on 26 November 2019 at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights during the panel session on Ending child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in global supply chains: New evidence and policy options.

 

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría disccusses the report during the Paris Peace Forum.

 

About Alliance 8.7

150x150Alliance 8.7 is a global and multi-stakeholder partnership launched in 2016 to achieve a world without forced labor, modern slavery, human trafficking, and child labor by 2030. It has now 217 partners and operates with 4 Action Groups on the global level, addressing root causes of these human rights violations in the context of conflict and humanitarian crisis, supply chains, migration, and the rule of law and governance.

 

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G7 Trade Ministers' Statement on Forced Labour

22/10/2021 - The Joint Statement issued by the G7 countries at the G7 Trade Track on Forced Labour says:

“We commit to further enhancing clarity and predictability for businesses. We further commit to promote guidance on human rights due diligence, including but not limited to responsible recruitment practices, in line with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and Due Diligence Guidance on Responsible Business Conduct, including at sector levels; the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy and ILO general principles for fair recruitment; the IOM’s ethical recruitment standards; and the UNGP. We highlight the role of our National Contact Points for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises in this regard. We commit to promote, within the relevant multilateral institutions such as the UN, ILO and OECD, common definitions and guidance to collect and share data and evidence on forced labour, and facilitate business compliance with international labour standards and international standards on responsible business conduct throughout global supply chains.”

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 See also

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct

Sectoral Due Diligence Guidance

Child Labour in Mineral Supply Chains

 

 

 

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