Eliminating child and forced labour in the cotton, textile and garment value chains

On 20 November, a workshop will bring together key stakeholders to discuss possible approaches to eliminate child and forced labour in the cotton industry.

We are pleased to invite you to a workshop within the context of the launch of the project CLEAR COTTON - Eliminating child labour and forced labour in the cotton, textile, and garments value chains: An integrated approach. The project is co-funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Cotton is one of the world’s most widely grown crops. Cotton production represents a significant source of living income in developing countries and is often associated with poor working conditions. Cotton is one of the value chain products linked to the EU consumption with a high incidence of both child labour and forced labour.

The event will introduce the project and the relevant approaches. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the links of the project interventions in the target countries to global efforts for the promotion of the sustainability of the cotton, textile and garment supply chains. The event will explain how the project is anchored in relevant EU policies, action plans, and the pledges of the IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour in Buenos Aires, thus reinforcing its contribution to the achievement of Target 8.7 and other relevant goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda.

In view of sharing knowledge and forging partnerships, the meeting will bring together representatives of the EU Institutions, EU Member States, the ILO, the FAO, governments, social partners, civil society, companies, consumers, global coalitions, universities, international organizations, fair trade initiatives and media involved in sustainable cotton and apparel production.

The date of 20 November has been selected to coincide the event with the Universal Children's Day.

Please save the date of 20 November 2018 and register before 16 November 2018 via this link.