Public-private partnership

Eliminating seasonal child labour in Turkey

The ILO teams up with European private industry to help prevent children from working in seasonal hazelnut harvesting in Turkey.

Press release | 02 May 2013
GENEVA – The International Labour Organization (ILO) has signed an agreement with the European chocolate, biscuit and confectionary industry to eliminate the worst forms of child labour (WFCL) in Turkey’s seasonal hazelnut harvesting business.

A Public-Private Partnership agreement (PPP) with CAOBISCO - the Association of Chocolate, Biscuit and Confectionery Industries of Europe (CAOBISCO) – was signed on April 22 by Ümit Deniz Efendioğlu, Director of the ILO Office for Turkey and Sabine Nafziger, CAOBISCO Secretary General. Funding for the project will cover a 12-month period between April 2013 and April 2014.

The overall objective is to contribute to the elimination of WFCL in seasonal commercial agriculture, in line with the Government’s National Time Bound Policy and Programme Framework for the elimination of WFCL by 2015.

It aims to strengthen the capacity of local organizations to support the removal of children working in agriculture and the prevention of at-risk children from entering such work. The capacity of public institutions and local NGOs will be enhanced and new monitoring systems and partnerships will be developed. The active participation of government, social partners, civil society and the private sector will be encouraged, so that similar projects can be launched in other sectors in the future.

The project demonstrates how multinational companies, working in partnership with ILO constituents, can achieve sustainable progress in eliminating child labour in their supply chains, by raising awareness and by developing systems that monitor children entering the labour market.

Private sector representatives, ILO constituents and other stakeholders will be involved in strategic planning. The project will also contribute to the implementation of national action plans addressing child labour and to the development of child labour monitoring mechanisms.

The project will complement a similar ongoing project between the ILO and the Government of Netherlands in the Black Sea region province of Ordu, which is being implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.

For more information please contact the Department of Communication and Public Information at or +4122/799-7912.