CLEAR Cotton: Eliminating child labour and forced labour in the cotton, textile and garment value chains: an integrated approach

The CLEAR Cotton project supports the elimination of child labour and forced labour in the cotton, textile and garment value chains in target producing countries (Burkina Faso, Mali, Pakistan, and Peru). It is co-funded by the European Union (EU) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), and it is implemented by the ILO in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

At a glance

    Project Objectives

    The project aims at contributing to the elimination of child labour and forced labour in the cotton, textile and garment value chains in target producing countries. It promotes enhanced national legislation and policies, to address the basic needs and rights of children engaged or at risk of child labour, and of victims of forced labour.

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    The project combines integrated area-based and value chain approaches to cooperate with governments, social partners, local farmers, communities industries, and international buyers.

    SO1: Enhanced compliance with legislative and regulatory frameworks and implementation of policies to eradicate child labour and forced labour in the cotton, textile and garment value chains.

    SO2: Reduced recourse to child and forced labour by local communities with enhanced economic opportunities in selected cotton growing/processing districts.

News

  1. Burkina cotton producers adopt a strategic plan against child labour with the support of the CLEAR Cotton project

    24 January 2022

    The National Union of Cotton Producers' Cooperative Societies of Burkina Faso (SCOOP-UNPCB) is involved in the fight against child and forced labour. Meeting from the 2nd to the 3rd December 2021 in Bobo Dioulasso, the elected representatives and technicians of the UNPCB validated a strategic plan aimed at fighting against these scourges.

  2. Prevention of child labour through the socio-professional reintegration of children withdrawn from the cotton, textile and garment value chain: the action of CLEAR Cotton

    15 November 2021

    Ouagadougou (ILO News) - The CLEAR Cotton project is strengthening its strategy to combat child labour in Burkina Faso. It recently signed two agreements for the implementation of integrated programmes for the prevention, identification and withdrawal of children aged 15 to 17 in child labour or at risk of child labour in the cotton, textile and garment value chain. The support for the socio-professional reintegration of children removed from child labour is the other component of these agreements.

  3. The CLEAR Cotton project offers education opportunities as an alternative to child labour in the cotton fields

    21 September 2021

    The CLEAR Cotton project contributes to national efforts to eliminate child labour in the cotton, textile and garment value chain in Burkina Faso, Mali, Pakistan and Peru.

The CLEAR Cotton project