World Day Against Child Labour

Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) issue a statement on World Day Against Child Labour (2020)

Our world today has changed significantly with many uncertainties. Especially in times like this, we must remain committed to creating a better tomorrow for our children, the future of our planet. We must nurture them, and invest in them, so that they are able to lead a full, dignified life, and have the aptitude and adaptability to overcome future challenges.

Statement | 12 June 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about huge social and economic suffering. Millions have been left with their livelihoods shattered as economies report their worst downturns on record. It is our great concern that these setbacks could become push factors that drive children into labour.

Employers and business organizations should be aware of the enormous risk that these children are in, and try our best to protect the welfare and future of these children by exercising socially responsible business practices.

To mitigate the economic hardships and labour market shock – factors that contribute to child labour – policy makers should also adopt appropriate measures so that businesses can keep up with the new normal situation and overcome the challenges.

We, the UMFCCI, representing the employers of Myanmar, will continue working hand in hand, and heart-to-heart with all stakeholders towards zero-tolerance of child labour.