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Child labour in global supply chains: “The time for excuses is over”

Friday 10th Jun 2016 (Latest News, Global, Child Labour)

In Zambia, the ILO’s ARISE program is fighting to reduce child labour through education and training.  The program is helping to eliminate child labour in supply chains by addressing the economic and social factors that encourage small producers to employ children in hazardous work.

Around the world, 168 million children are in or at risk for child labour and current levels of crisis and conflict heighten the vulnerability of children to exploitation. But at an ILO event to mark World Day Against Child Labour, participants were told that international standards now in place have reduced child labour by about 1/3 in the last decade, and that today, employers and business commonly expect to eliminate child labour in their supply chains. Delegates also heard that communities themselves can play a key role; providing decent work for adults helps eliminate child labour.

Additional child labour footage is available to download in broadcast quality from the ILO’s Multimedia Download Centre:  http://multimedia.ilo.org/index.asp?topic=Child%20Labour

Duration:                                00:00:00

Location:                                Kaoma district, Western Province, Zambia (shot December 2015) UN Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland (shot June 8, 2016)

Release date:                        10 June 2016

Audio:                                    nat sound

Rights:                                   All ILO audio-visual material is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 IGO license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/igo/deed.en

Video type:                            B-roll

Keywords:                             World Day Against Child Labour, child labour, supply chains

Contact:multimedia@ilo.org

00:00 – 00:09

Kaoma district, Western Province, Zambia

Little girl, Musole Fufu walks with her uncle and 6 year-old brother through the fields in Kaoma district, Western Province, Zambia

00:09 – 00:39

Musole and brother collect charcoal, put into bags

00:39 – 00:45

Children collect cooked caterpillars that have been drying in the sand

00:46 – 00:53

Children walk through fields carry water

00:53 – 01:04

Children water tobacco plant seedlings

00:58 – 01:15

 

Mubila Ngilish, 15 Years old (spoken in Lozi language)

“I’m watering the seed beds… to help my family and to get food. I don’t like to do this. During the harvest season, often I drop school to help them cutting the tobacco leaves… Once I injured my legs offloading a tobacco bag from a cart.”

(note, parts of this sound bite are covered with images of Mbulia Ngilish watering tobacco plants and showing injury to his leg)

01:15 – 01:19

Wide shot Mubila Ngilish waters tobacco plant seedlings

01:19 – 01:29

Various of local community, woman picks up baby while boy sweeps outside hut, children and adults sit on low benches outside

 

01:30 – 01:44

Meeting of District Child Labour Committee (DCLC)

01:44 – 02:09

Mukatimui  Chabala, National Programme Manager ARISE Zambia (in English) :

“We work on awareness raising, capacity strengthening and then also on the actual direct interventions to identify the children at risk and those already engaged in various forms of child labour. We work with those structures on the ground because these are the ones who will continue the monitoring and on-going support to the children and the families where they are coming from.”

02:09 – 02:42

Edgar Mainza,  President of the DCLC (in English) :

“The Ministry of Labour and Social Security, which has an office in Kaoma-Nkeyema, works very closely with DCLC members so when they do their regular inspections either in the farms or in the workplaces, wherever we have found cases and issues of children being involved in hazardous forms of work, inspections are done.  And where withdrawals have been conducted, we go there to verify to ensure that it is true that these children are no longer there and no longer working.”

02:42 – 03:03

Young people being trained in masonry, carpentry, animal husbandry, agriculture, sewing, exterior of Kambwize school with sign “Say no to child labour”) and training centres in Munkuye A

03:03 – 03:10

young mother with baby wrapped in scarf on her chest, in her small shop serves customer

03:10 – 03:29

Febby Kahale, farmer trainee, draws water from tank, waters plants, looks over water, close-up of water and fish swimming, Febby feeds chickens, Febby points to chart on wall and talks about chickens

03:30 – 03:36

Febby Kahale, 17 ans, Farmer Trainee (in English)

“In the future, I want to become a very big farmer, even to join a company. And I’m going to help my parents.”

03:37 – 03:57

Local community watches “SCREAM” theatre, which raises awareness about risks posed by child labour, played out in schoolyard in Kamuni

03:58 – 04:22

Brenda Namakau Mwendende, Teacher, Munkuye A (in English)

“In the beginning it was a bit hard, the parents were finding difficult, they were mad at us. But today they understand, we call them and we have meetings  with them, to educate them on the usefulness of having their children in school… so we are telling them this is a programme that will sustain your children, it’s an everlasting programme that will benefit the entire family not just the child.”

04:23 – 04:45

Images of schoolchildren and teachers of the school of Munkuye A dance and sing a song thanking ARISE

 

04:45 – 05:20

U.N. Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General (in English):

“Today some 168 million children are in child labour and they are found in supply chains across the world in every sector, in every region.  And whilst many are in the export sector, many more are also producing goods for domestic consumption.”

 

“From enterprises, we need a clear message of zero tolerance of child labour, they need to know what is happening in their supply chains and to back that up with action in their business practices and dealings with suppliers.”

05:20 – 05:57

Katharine Stewart, Director of Primark’s Ethical Trade and Sustainability Division (in English):

Collaboration is at the very heart of this.  Collaboration not only with the constituents, of which we’ve got the trade unions, the NGOs and our third party suppliers, but also the communities themselves.  Because so often, that reference to the top down approach not working is because we don’t understand, we don’t know what we don’t know in the communities.

 

“It’s important that we keep in the forefront of our minds, that providing decent jobs for adults and youths of working age is a key instrument in eradicating child labour.” 

05:58 – 06:37

Philip J. Jennings, General Secretary of UNI Global Union (in English):

“If a business can sub-contract its tax affairs to some remote destination there is no excuse whilst they can’t discover in their supply chains where their suppliers are using child labour.  The time for excuses is over.  The political winds have changed.  We have the Ruggie principles in place.  We have OECD guidelines in place.  We have the conversation here at the ILO on the supply chain.   And we simply don’t buy the argument that it’s all the fault of government.”

06:37

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