“It is important that businesses work… to better understand human rights and the implications their actions have over people’s lives.”
Young people from Paraguay, Children’s Consultations for the Children’s Rights and Business Principles Initiative, 2011
GOOD PRACTICE: Addressing the Root Causes of Child Labour
A global home furnishings company has developed a comprehensive approach to preventing child labour in its supply chain. Suppliers are supported in implementing a corrective action plan if child labour is identified, which should take the child’s best interests into consideration, including age, family and social situation and level of education. The action plan emphasizes that responses should not merely move child labour from one supplier’s workplace to another, they should instead enable more viable and sustainable alternatives for the children involved. Since 2000, the company has developed long-term partnerships with child rights organizations to prevent and eliminate child labour in rural communities, including supporting large-scale programmes to create awareness and mobilize local communities around school enrolment drives and improved quality of education, aiming for both boys and girls to finalize their schooling. Another important component is the formation of self-help groups among rural women, helping them to enhance their economic, social and legal status by improving access to credit and income-generating opportunities. This helps to reduce the burden of debt that is one major reason families send their children to work.