Child Labour

Malawian President calls for Elimination of Child Labour in Supply Chains

President Arthur Peter Mutharika on WDCL 2016 called on intensified interventions in his country to eliminate child labour especially in the country’s supply chains

News | Malawi | 21 June 2016
LILONGWE (ILO News) - President Mutharika who officiated at the 2016 WDCL commemorations in Malawi called on all national stakeholders to join forces in eliminating child labour. The President stated that in line with the theme, ‘End Child Labour in Supply Chains. It’s Everyone’s Business!’, it was his expectation that businesses and enterprises in the country will play a more proactive role in eliminating child labour. Furthermore, the President warned that those who participate in the exposure of children to child labour will face the law, stating that children are Malawi’s future.

Meanwhile, speaking at the same occasion, ILO Director for Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, Mr Alexio Musindo called on Employers to have a critical role to play in eliminating child labour in supply chains. He stated that the private sector have a key responsibility to take action within the value chains to ensure that what is produced or provided is free of child labour.

Mr Musindo also called on accelerated efforts in the finalisation and effective implementation of key legislations and policies protecting children from the worst forms of child labour in Malawi.
Compliance with national laws and international labour standards is paramount towards the efforts of eliminating child labour. Therefore, this year’s World Day against Child Labour presents us as opportunity to join the call to end child labour in the supply chains. Remember, it is everyone’s business. – He stated

Child Labour in Malawi

The world has an estimated 168 million children involved in child labour—and an estimated 1.4 Million children aged 5 -17 years in child labour in Malawi, representing 30% of the children. Child labour is present in most of the supply chains of the Malawi economy including agriculture, services, manufacturing and the informal economy- we are here today to share experiences on how best we can eliminate child labour in global supply chains.

The ILO has concluded various Public Private Partnerships to eliminate child labour in the supply chains across different sectors and in different countries. In Malawi, through a public-private partnership with Japan Tobacco International, the ILO is currently implementing a programme to Achieving the Reduction of Child Labour In Support of Education (ARISE) aimed at reducing the worst forms of child labour in tobacco-growing communities. Through collaboration with various stakeholders, the Government, workers’ and employers’ organizations, civil society and communities have demonstrated good models which can be replicated in other parts of the country in an effort to create child labour free zones.