How can buyers tackle child labour?

15 June 2009
It may have passed you by but last Friday was World Day Against Child Labour. This year, the tenth anniversary of the event, is particularly focusing on the role of girls in child labour. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates around 100 million girls around the world involved in underage employment. The ILO added that girls often face greater disadvantages than boys, as the work they carry out, such as domestic chores in houses, is often hidden from the public eye. Even worse is the extreme exploitation of girls in areas such as prostitution, pornography and slavery. Tackling this problem through improved procurement processes has been effective, but clearly more needs to be done. What do buyers need to do to take the fight to the next level?
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