Tackling child labour in supply chains - Child Labour Platform (CLP) Meeting

During the meeting, CLP members and ILO experts will review the policies and procedures a member company has in place to address child labour and consider how these could be strengthened.

Company approaches to addressing child labour in the workplace and supply chains have evolved significantly over the past decade. The Child Labour Platform (CLP)1 is a forum for sharing experience and catalysing collective action. It helps companies identify obstacles in implementing the ILO and Global Compact child labour principles in supply chains and surrounding communities and advises on practical ways of overcoming them.

During the meeting, CLP members and ILO experts will review the policies and procedures a member company has in place to address child labour and consider how these could be strengthened. The meeting will also offer a “deep dive” into specific issues, such as sub-sector collaboration, audits and certification, and applying due diligence to tackle child labour. Updates will be provided on new ILO research as well as on the development of an ILO-IOE guidance tool on business and child labour, with a discussion around key emerging issues.

The meeting is open to companies interested in learning about state-of-the-art approaches to due diligence around child labour. Join us and find out about the latest thinking and opportunities for engagement in an area that is critical to business sustainability.

For more information on joining the CLP and/or attending the meeting, please contact the CLP Secretariat: smithb@ilo.org
or visit: www.ilo.org/ipec/Action/CSR/clp.


Day 1

9:00-9:45  Welcome and introduction by ILO
Opening Remarks by IOE (Amelia Espejo), ITUC (Jeroen Beirnaert), ILO (Moussa Oumarou, TBC) and UN Global Compact (Ursula Wynhoven)
 9:45-10:15  Key CLP developments (Benjamin Smith, ILO):
  • General update, including on the MNE e-learning module
  • Research on age verification and the compilation of Hazardous Work Lists
  • Recap of company review criteria and mechanism
 10:15-10:30  Coffee break
 10:30-13:00        Integrating human rights into business operations
  • Company presentation (Libby Annat, Primark Stores)
  • Analysis of effective approaches and possible areas for improvement
  • Recommendations
 13:00-14:00  Lunch (venue: ILO restaurant, R2 North)
 14:00-15:30  Break-out groups around selected themes:
  • Child labour audits and certification - potential and limits
  • Applying due diligence - risk management, remediation and responsibilities
 15:30-15:45  Coffee break
 15:45-17:00  Report-back from break-out groups and discussion
 17:00-17:15  Closing remarks, followed by a reception

 Day 2 

 9:00-10:00  Update on ILO-IOE Child Labour Guidance Tool Project and discussion of the key emerging issues (Rachel Davis, SHIFT)
 10:00-10:30  Presentation of new ILO Protocol on Forced Labour, and its implications for businessILO (Beate Andrees)
10:30-10:45 Coffee break
10:45-11:45 Break-out groups around suggested selected themes, continued
  • Sub-sector collaboration - opportunities and challenges in the fight against child labour
  • The importance of mainstreaming gender in the fight against child labour
11:45-12:45  Report-back from break-out groups and discussion
12:45-14:00 Lunch (venue: ILO restaurant, R2 North)
14:00-15:30 Government of the Netherlands approach on business and labour rights
  • Government of Netherlands presentation (Gilles Goedhart)
  • Discussion – opportunities for companies to link to country-level institutions and programmes
15:30-16:00 CLP future directions – discussion of the evolution and expansion of the CLP
 16:00-16:30  Wrap-up and next steps

The CLP is a business-led, multi-stakeholder forum that operates with the ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour and the UN Global Compact as its Secretariat, under the auspices of the UN Global Compact Human Rights and Labour Working Group. The CLP is co-chaired by the International Organization of Employers (IOE) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).