The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched World Day Against Child Labor in 2002. Every year on June 12th and throughout the month, we take the opportunity to highlight this important issue and to share best practices towards achieving the goal of eliminating child labor by 2025. On Thursday, June 8, 2017, Verité participated in a Twitter chat to commemorate this year’s World Day Against Child Labor. Facilitated by Winrock International, the Twitter chat also included Alyson Eynon from Plan International, Jen Marlay Global from the Global Fairness Initiative, and Jessica Ryckman from Lawyers Without Borders. Program Director, Quinn Kepes, represented Verité to address the focus for this year: the impact of conflicts and disasters on child labor.
Every year on June 12th, the international community commemorates World Day Against Child Labor in order to raise awareness and focus attention on how best to eliminate the exploitation of children in the workplace. This year’s theme “Ending Child Labor in Supply Chains” emphasized the fact that 168 million children are still engaged in child labor, many of whom work to produce internationally traded goods and services, or items destined for national consumption. Because child labor is most often performed at the lower level of supply chains in small workshops or home businesses where labor inspectors have difficulty reaching, and where trade unions and employer organizations are absent, it is incumbent on everyone, including governments, NGOs, businesses and consumers to take action to address the issue.