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

During the meeting, a member company will share its experience on integrating labour rights into business operations, followed by an in-depth discussion.

Participants will also discuss practical challenges to addressing child labour deeper in supply chains, with a focus on selected selected sectors and real world cases. The CLP will include break-out sessions on key themes of interest, to share learning and approaches to applying due diligence to identify risks and to remediate child labour in supply chains.

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 our web pages.


16 July - Day 1

17:30-20:00   Evening session and welcome reception (at ILO restaurant with refreshments, seated)
 17:45-18:15   Introduction by ILO (Selim Benaissa)
Welcoming remarks by CLP Co-Chairs, International Organization of Employers (Roberto Suárez), UNI Global Union (Philip Jennings) and UN Global Compact (Ben Chin)
18:15-20:00        Drilling down: the Case of Cotton
  • Guy Hogge, European Cotton Merchants Association
  •  Libby Annat, Primark Stores
  • Sue Longley, International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Association (IUF)
Moderator: Simon Steyne, ILO

 17 July  - Day 2 

 9:00-9:30   CLP work plan and research agenda, Ben Smith, ILO
9:30-10:30   Panel Discussion on integrating child labour concerns into business operations
  • Company presentation by Elaine McKay, Japan Tobacco International (JTI)
10:30-10:45   Break – group photo (R3)
10:45-12:30   Discussion on integrating child labour concerns into business operations.
JTI presentation (cont’d)

General discussion
12:30-12:45   Preparation for break-out sessions
12:45-14:00   Lunch
14:00-15:45   Break-out groups around selected “hard questions” through facilitated discussion and initiated by company examples.

  1. What should my company do if our local partners believe that using child labour is justified?
  2. How can I make the case internally that we need to consider approaches to child labour due diligence that provide robust monitoring? What are the best ways to audit for child labour?
  3. How can my company contribute to or provide remediation for child labourers?
15:45-16:00   Break
16:00-17:30   Report back from break-out groups, discussion
17:30-17:45   Wrap-up: Conclusions and next steps