The World Day Against Child Labour raises issues about child labour and supply chains. With an estimated 152 million children still in child labour, all supply chains, from agriculture to manufacturing, services to construction, run the risk that child labour may be present. This article raises awareness of human trafficking and slavery in Australia.
The World Day Against Child Labour is an initiative to raise awareness and activism. The ILO website explains: “Hundreds of millions of girls and boys throughout the world are engaged in work that deprives them of adequate education, health, leisure and basic freedoms, violating their rights. Of these children, more than half are exposed to the worst forms of child labour such as work in hazardous environments, slavery, or other forms of forced labour, illicit activities such as drug trafficking and prostitution, as well as involvement in armed conflict.”
“Child labour has no place in well-functioning and well regulated markets, or in any supply chain. The message that we must act now to stop child labour once and for all has been affirmed by the Sustainable Development Goals. Acting together, it is within our means to make the future of work a future without child labour.” Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General